We have received several queries from readers on how to join the Youth Employment Service (YES) network launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday.
We have generated from YES 4 Youth website a quick step by step on how to participate in YES network.
Who can apply?
- Between 18 and 34 years old
- Must be unemployed for more than 6 months
- Are black people (African, Coloured or Indian)
- It is not obligatory but should companies want to claim the Employment Tax Incentive, then the YES youth must be between the ages of 18 and 29
YES is one of the first social compacts between government, business and labour created to give one million youth one million opportunities to succeed, while securing South Africa’s economic prosperity.
Over the next three years, YES – led and supported by the private sector – will incentivise businesses to employ young people, giving them a chance at a life-changing first work experience. With a unique collaboration between government, labour, civil society and the youth, this represents a benchmark in fresh, bold responses to our country’s unemployment crisis.
How to Join the YES Network?
To become a YES Youth Candidate, you have to complete an online application form to add your details to the Yes Youth Resources Database.
Take the first step and join the network by registering your details HERE.
Please note that by submitting your information does not guarantee employment.
How can companies get involved in the YES Network?
Businesses need to create new one-year positions for unemployed youth over and above current employment numbers. Contribute to the YES movement by employing a number of young people – or even just one person to mentor and develop into a contributing member of society.
If your company doesn’t have the capacity to host young people, you can still be part of YES. This channel gives large companies the chance to sponsor the salary for a one-year starter position at an SMME which lies closer to where the young person lives – allowing the larger company to qualify for B-BBEE recognition, while building SMME capacity and competitiveness.
To get involved in the YES Movement, businesses have to complete an online form.
Join the YES Movement by clicking HERE.
How much will the youth earn?
The salary is expected to be set at the national minimum wage (NMW) level of R3 500 per month, and includes associated training and support which on average will bring the cost to R55 000 per annum.
The Problem YES Tackles
In the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa, “Our most grave and most pressing challenge is youth unemployment. It is therefore a matter of great urgency that we draw young people in far greater numbers into productive economic activity.”
With YES, you won’t simply be giving a young South African a job for a year – you’ll be uplifting them to take that first step towards a successful, lifelong career. Just one year of work experience, coupled with a CV and employment letter, increases their chance of future work threefold and assists them in being able to springboard out of being victims and into an empowered future.