Roll up, Volks! Work-experience boon for 560 youth
06 March 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201913848
VOLKSWAGEN Group South Africa (VWSA) has created work opportunities for 560 unemployed young people through the Youth Employment Service (YES) programme.
The intake began its 12-month employment period with VWSA on 1 March 2019. The young people will be placed across the country and in different business areas such as VWSA’s National Sales Organisation in Gauteng and in technical areas in the manufacturing plant in Uitenhage which has employed 70 people. The VWSA dealership network has also taken in 230 people with YES Small Medium Enterprise (SME) host partners taking 260 people.
YES, which was recently launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa, is a business-led collaborative programme whose aim is to enable young people (black youth between the ages of 18-35) without formal qualifications to get work and internship opportunities for a 12-month period, with the ultimate aim of improving their chances of gaining long-term quality employment.
“Volkswagen is committed to economic transformation and supporting socio-economic development initiatives such as YES which are aimed at alleviating the scourge of youth unemployment in South Africa,” said VWSA Chairman and Managing Director Thomas Schaefer.
“Our history shows that we have always been responsive to societal needs. Through the YES programme we hope to change the lives of our youth by giving them opportunities that will make them employable in the future.”
YES Foundation together with VWSA worked with implementation partners, Harambee and UNLOCK‘D who recruited and assessed all the candidates. The implementation partners will also train the candidates to ensure that they are suitable and ready for the jobs that they are selected for. VWSA will pay the salaries of the candidates and each will receive work readiness training.
“To ensure positive integration into the work place, successful candidates will undergo intensive soft skills training for up to eight weeks before they are placed at a workplace. This training is aimed at creating the foundation for holistic development as well as the candidates’ personal growth,” Schaefer said.
Candidates will receive training on leadership development, professionalism in the work place, computer literacy and behavioural skills.
They will also receive a smartphone which will be used to monitor, evaluate and produce monthly reports on their performance which will be shared with YES Foundation and VWSA. The smartphone will provide information on the performance of the candidate as well as feedback from the supervisor’s observations and conversations with the candidate.