The Purpose of the YES Initiative Program

The Purpose of the YES Initiative Program

On 27 March 2018, the Youth Employment Services (YES) Initiative was launched to resolve the unemployment crisis in our most promising sector in South Africa, the youth sector.

The aim of the YES Initiative Program is to address this crisis by focusing on the multiple needs of young people and to enable them to have access to new opportunities for employment, earning an income, development of skills and their personal development while contributing to the reconstruction of South Africa. It also aims to contribute to building and strengthening the economy of South Africa.

The main objective is to focus on the training of young unemployed people in order to be employed by corporates and Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMME’s). The implementation of learnerships, bursaries and other accredited and non-accredited training courses for a 12 month period will be the solution to have the unemployed youth ready for taking on a work opportunity.

The criteria which apply to candidates for the YES Initiative is that they need to be between the ages of 18 and 35 and secondly, they need to be black as defined by the B-BBEE Act 53 of 2003, amended in 2013.

To summarise, the key focus of the YES Initiative Program is work readiness and sustainable training and development programmes in order to prepare the youth for first time employment and the creation of much-needed jobs.


Dominique van Deventer obtained his LLB qualification from the University of the Free State and is currently a SEESA BEE legal advisor. He has been working for SEESA for 3 years and 4 months.


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