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The current youth unemployment rate in South Africa stands at 43.4%. The Youth Employment Services (YES) represents a source of optimism, not only offering employment prospects but also delivering comprehensive support, skills enhancement, and a platform for young individuals to launch their careers.


Many young people are eager to join the workforce and make meaningful contributions to their households. However, various obstacles often hinder their entry. There are existing programs designed to assist young individuals in acquiring valuable knowledge, skills, and work experience, positioning them on a trajectory toward success.

Aditi Lachman, Head of Youth Programmes at the Youth Employment Service (YES), shared insights with Careers Portal regarding the organisation's initiatives and endeavours aimed at mitigating youth unemployment in South Africa.

The YES programme emerged from the private sector as a response to the youth unemployment crisis in South Africa. This initiative, initiated without government funding, strives to attract young people to the private sector and furnish them with meaningful job opportunities.

Over the past five years, YES has created more than 125,000 jobs for young people in South Africa.

How To Use To Find Jobs

Lachman explains that the service is a free portal and is zero-rated. This allows individuals who do not have data to enjoy all the benefits of the service.

Youth simply need to sign up on the service as their first step to finding a load of job opportunities. The platform connects youth to the YES program, Full-time jobsPart-time jobsLearnerships, Volunteering and learning opportunities.

Lachman says that if you are an unemployed youth in South Africa and are interested in participating in one of the YES programs, you can register at

[Youth] Sign up for their profile and then start searching for job opportunities that they are interested in. Through that process, companies that have signed up with YES are able to shortlist applicants interested in the job positions and then go through their recruitment process as well.

On this platform, you can complete a profile with your details and access various job opportunities available for application. Additionally, the website offers learning opportunities aimed at enhancing your skills.

The YES program collaborates with more than 1,500 private sector companies to offer 12-month fully funded quality work experiences for youth.

Here Is How You Can Create An Account On SAYouth

  1. Go to the SAYouth website
  2. You will need your South African ID number, which includes citizens, permanent residents, or refugee numbers.
  3. Follow the prompts - enter your employment status if asked

You can cancel, continue, or delete your account whenever you feel likeIf you change your number, please inform the network. Keep your phone on and be ready to receive notifications from the network. If you need assistance, you can call the toll-free support line at 0800 72 72 72.

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