Plumbing Africa August 2018 - Page 43

BUSINESS AND TRAINING 41 Youth Employment Service launched South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has launched the Youth Employment Service (YES), an initiative that sets out to create one million quality work experience opportunities for the country’s youth over the next three years. By Sam Dubazana It is hoped the initiative will help push back the country’s high youth unemployment level, estimated to be around 50%. YES is a business-led initiative that is delivered in partnership with government, labour, and civil society. It targets to benefit black youth between the ages of 18 and 35. When properly undertaken, YES will yield significant B-BBEE points for participating corporations. A detailed proposal of how the B-BBEE scoring is going to work is currently out for public comment. Tashmia Ismail-Saville, CEO of YES, says: “YES aims to give that portion of our youth, which are largely overlooked by the country’s current employment models, a crucial first chance to gain a paid work experience of a decent quality.” This significantly increases their chances of securing permanent employment after the year of service. “YES is in the process of creating a number of community hubs at various locations in the country, which will provide the environment and services necessary for existing and aspiring business owners to elevate their businesses or ideas,” says Ismail-Saville. YES IN PLUMBING INDUSTRY Businesses that participate in the programme create one-year paid positions for youth aged between 18 and 35, in addition to their current employment numbers. Companies meeting YES work experience opportunity targets will be eligible for Youth Employment B-BBEE recognition and will also qualify for employment tax incentives. All users, plumbers, st akeholders, managers of plumbers, and qualified plumbers have the responsibility to train youth. They should get involved in suggestions or inputs on the development of plumbers. Some of these include: • The plumber employer associations have to endorse tasks or modules to meet their members’ plumbing needs. • The plumbing manufacturer associations have to coordinate knowledge of component products as well as materials of compulsory product specifications and installation instructions. • The local government’s water and sanitation departments. Sam Dubazana The plumbing industry and the government authorities have to work together or should form working committees to participate. PA August 2018 Volume 24 I Number 6