CapeNature says YES to Youth Employment!
Back in 2018, CapeNature and the Department of Environmental Affairs celebrated the successful first year of the Youth Environmental Services (YES) programme. Together both entities aimed to address the ever-growing challenges of youth unemployment and prioritise local communities living in and adjacent to the nature reserves across the Western Cape.
The programme has gone from strength to strength as CapeNature’s General Manager for Stakeholder Engagement and Access, Melikhaya Pantsi explains in the video below.
The most recent YES Programme Valedictory ceremony was held at the end of 2019 at the River Club where 145 YES graduates were lauded in a joyous celebration.
The YES programme objectives include skills development through acquiring 120 credits from the scarce skills courses identified, and local economic development for services and procurement related to the programme.
Gender equality in the workplace remains one of the top priorities for CapeNature and it is gratifying to see the high numbers of female graduates from the programme.
Mr Pantsi has remarked that the programme is unlocking doors to youth and it is up to them to seize the moment to open and walk through those doors. That is exactly what they have been doing, judging from the hundreds of positive testimonials and success stories received from graduates of the programme!