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Youth Employment Service aims to create a million jobs for young South Africans

Written by: Kabous le Roux

To depress you even further… there’s a scarring effect… people are less and less likely to employ you…

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

You can prepare youth as well as you like; if there aren’t new spaces, where do they go?

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, a business and innovation author, teacher and consultant, is the CEO of the Youth Employment Service (YES).

YES is an initiative between business and government that aims to address South Africa’s massive youth unemployment challenge.

It targets the creation of a million jobs.

There are currently around six million unemployed young people in South Africa.

We are calling it a first chance. Give a young person a first chance. We know that if you give a person a chance at a year-long opportunity and they come out of that with a CV and some kind of reference letter, you improve their chances threefold of being called back for another interview.

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Ismail-Saville for his weekly “The Science Of” feature.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

We talk about work opportunities rather than internships…

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

We’re looking at people who’ll earn under R6000.

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

Economic vulnerability makes you vulnerable for all sorts of social [ills]…

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

If you look at the number – 6 million – this is not a small percentage!

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

If we don’t go big, we do nothing. We have too many small projects that sputter along…

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

We’re working on the demand side of employment.

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

Our biggest impact contributors are financial services corporations…

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

We have a big strategy for townships to get spaces for youths to be placed closer to home.

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

We have assessments that are gamified… We’re working with telcos to give smartphones to young people…

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Service

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This article first appeared on 702 : Youth Employment Service aims to create a million jobs for young South Africans




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