Want to help capacitate South Africa’s health sector?
Looking for a B-BBEE boost with broad-based social impact?
Want to make a difference to the youth unemployment crisis and help reignite the economy?
SAMED and the Youth Employment Service (YES) has embarked on an exciting partnership to unlock thousands of work opportunities for South African youth while transforming the country’s medical technology sector. This is a response to the youth unemployment crisis with 61% of young people under 35 being unemployed (Quarterly Labour Force Survey Q3:2021, expanded definition). SAMED is committed to making a difference and encourages members and stakeholders to join in these efforts.
YES is a pioneering, business-driven non-profit organisation with the mission of tackling South Africa’s youth unemployment crisis and driving youth employability. YES aims to create work experiences for youth at scale, by enabling business to co-create a future that works for all. With over 1,800 corporate partners (of which 31 are SAMED members), YES has created over 71,000 work experiences. This has seen R4 billion injected into the economy through youth wallets in just under three years, with no government funding.
How you can say “YES”:
- Host a youth – offering a YES role or roles within your own organisation
- Sponsor a youth – sponsor a role within one of the YES implementation partners (IP) (implementation partner model)
The YES turnkey solution works with 33 YES-vetted implementation partners (IPs) across South Africa to place youth. If a corporate cannot place youth in their own organisation, they have the option to place youth with an IP. The IPs are generally NGOs working in high-impact sectors communities, which means youth do not have to travel far for work and can play an important part in building their own communities.
Some of the YES health care Ips
- Host a youth at a YES Hub – and access socio-economic development points, or a Section 18 (A) certificate if you’d like to donate. Read more about the YES Hubs.
The impact YES and its corporate partners have had on country, company and youth cannot be measured solely by numbers. Specifically, there is no yardstick for the individual youth lives that are changed for the better. 88% of YES Youth come from grant-recipient households, and 91% have dependents, meaning the YES salary is more than just a paycheque – it ripples through families and even communities.
Keorapetse Mosime, a 27-year-old YES Youth from the small town of Lerome in the North West, began working in the YES/Youth Health Africa programme in 2020. Youth Health Africa is a healthcare implementation partner for YES combatting HIV.
Keorapetse was employed as a contact tracer, responsible for contacting and tracing people who had missed appointments and/or medication collection related to HIV/AIDS and TB.