“Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s entire life believing it’s stupid”
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WHAT IS YES?
YES, is a business-led initiative supported by Government and Labour to significantly impact youth unemployment.
The YES initiative focuses its efforts on the three areas where employment creation Efforts are likely to have the greatest benefits and most immediate impacts:
The creation of new job opportunities in existing firms intended specifically for the youth.
Promoting the capacity of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) which are South Africa’s largest employers, with paid-for youth labour.
Creating new cohorts of SMMEs, through creative value chain initiatives and knowledge spill-over in collaboration with industry champions.
OFFERING YOUTH, A FIRST CHANGE OPPORTUNITY
YES, is a business-led collaboration with government and labour, its intention is to stimulate demand-side job creation through company investment and by leveraging government’s existing recognitions such as the employment Tax incentive and B-BBEE recognition for broad-based transformation. This is, achieved through the placement of black unemployed youth into new, twelve-month, work Experiences, training opportunities and through The development of black-owned SMMES which Are coupled to employment impact.
COMMITS TO SHIFTING EMPLOYMENT IN SA
The CEO initiative was born in 2016 in the face of South Africa’s deteriorating socio-economic landscape. The commitment of business-with its skills, reach and resources - is well placed to drive national programmes which have the capacity to shift the country’s narrative towards one of growth and optimism. Globally, youth unemployment has been a growing problem. South Africa is no exception to this trend which has seen youth become disproportionately affected by economic inactivity and unemployment.