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The Youth Employment Service (YES) Initiative is a business-driven initiative which is breaking new ground by pioneering a partnership with government and labour in collectively tackling a national plan to build economic pathways for black youth. It aims to contribute towards building and strengthening our economy by alleviating youth unemployment, which is currently at 55.2% (Statistics South Africa, 2019).

The target set is the creation of one million new jobs.


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YES-4-Youth (Youth Employment Service) is a business-led collaboration that seeks out ground-breaking ways, through innovation and technological best practice, to reignite the economy and give youth a dignified first chance at employment.

 The YES-4-Youth initiative provides youth with a 12-month quality work
experience which will then equip them with a toolkit of skills and experience
to be a beacon of hope for their families, households and communities.


  • Youth can be placed in a sponsor’s own business or, if the sponsor prefers to outsource the placement, to a Host Site to facilitate their placement.


  • Youth then attend various workshops that will introduce themselves to new ways to integrate them into the working world and provide them with valuable working experience.


  • At the end of the 12 months, upon successful completion, each candidate receives a YES CV and reference letter.


  • Corporates who sponsor candidates through the Yes-4-Youth programme not only contribute towards solving South Africa’s youth unemployment problem, but can also improve their B-BBEE rating by up to 2 levels.

SPONSORS - Engeli Offering

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Sponsoring companies

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SPONSOR Application 

Engeli Human Capital Solutions offer an end to end and fully customisable solution to assist corporates with the creation and implementation of their Yes-4-Youth Programme.


With a proven track record, Engeli can assist with the following elements of the program:

  • Screening and assessment for qualification for participation in the Yes-4 Youth Program

  • Screening of suitable Host Site Companies, if required

  • Recruitment, screening and selection of Candidates

  • Registration of Company and Candidates on the Yes 4 Youth portal

  • A fully tailored Personal Development Programme of short courses

  • Quarterly progress reports of the project

  • Mentoring of candidates for the duration of their placement

  • A full Close Out Report on the project

  • The full B-BBEE Pack of document requirements for your B-BBEE Audit

HOSTS - Engeli Offering

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Hosts Companies

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Host Application 

We are always on the look out for companies who are willing to host sponsored Yes-4-Youth candidates and provide them with their quality work experience for the 12 month duration of the programme.


  • Yes 4 Youth recognises and provides employment opportunities for youth to increase their exposure to the workplace and, in turn, increases their skill set and employability.


  •  This gives a Host Company the opportunity to employ a sponsored young individual(s) who could bring value for the initial 12 months of their professional journey while gaining full-time quality work experience.


  • The Yes 4 Youth program enables Host Companies to drive employability of Youth while building on participants' abilities and unlocking more via the Personal Development Plan that is in place to aid this process.


  • Any business/company, in any business sphere, can be classified as a host site so that Youth are able to grow in every possible field.


  • Candidates can be matched in alignment with the Host Company’s position and requirements.


  • To be involved in the programme and to be added to our database of eligible candidates, get in touch with us by clicking on the HOST APPLICATION button and sending us an email. 


“YES recognises the critical role the youth play in shaping our economy and our country, yet six million young people are shut out of the economy. This is why we at YES seek out ground breaking ways, through innovation and technological best practice to create one million jobs for South Africa’s youth. The only way to reduce inequality is to get us all into work, to build incomes  and to invest inclusively.

Now is the time to lend a hand.”

~ Tashmia Ismail - Yes 4 Youth CEO



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The Yes 4 Youth program offers much in terms of benefits for our applicants, including Experience, paving a way to the industry, developing the applicant on a personal scale, improving social competencies and improving skills to prepare the applicant for the working environment.

All successful participants will receive a smart device that has built-in training materials on the Yes 4 Youth apps that are pre-installed onto the devices.

To qualify for the Yes 4 Youth program you have to be

  •  Between the ages of 18 and 35

  •  Male or Female

  •  Black, as defined by the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice

  •  Currently unemployed

To be involved in the programme and to be added to our database of eligible candidates, click on the apply now button and send an email, your CV and your supporting documents to

YES Application 

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