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Saying YES to tackling youth unemployment

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BMG is participating in South Africa’s Youth Employment Service (YES) Programme, which is a joint initiative between the Government and private sector.

This programme, which hopes to create one million work opportunities for unemployed black youth and transform their lives, also offers participating businesses the chance to gain up to two levels on their Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) scorecard.

“Through this inspiring YES Programme, which kicked off in February 2021, BMG is helping to uplift the lives of our 52 young candidates from disadvantaged communities, by providing work experience and mentorship for a 12-month period,” said Lizette Bestbier, Group Organisation Development Manager for ESG.

“We believe that the business sector has a responsibility to help solve the escalating problem of youth employment. The social cost of unemployment and the threat it poses to the stability of South African society, are far too great not to get involved in a meaningful way.”

Bestbier  said this programme offers young people a bridging opportunity between school and the world of work, aspiring to nurture leadership capabilities that are so essential for business success and individual achievement.

“By providing the opportunity for young people to gain work experience, mentoring and training at BMG, we can equip them with the necessary skills and business ethos, for economic sustainability and a brighter future,” she said, adding that they were pleased with the high-calibre and passion for learning of the trainees.

BMG’s YES candidates, aged between 18 and 27, are currently employed in various areas of the company’s business operations, including human resources, BEE and general administration, marketing, product support, counter sales and technical resources.

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