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Jobs for youth: Isuzu SA takes on 72 industry trainees

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Isuzu Motors SA is supporting the country’s Youth Employment Service (YES) programme by placing 72 candidates for the first time in 2020.

The programme was launched by the country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, in 2018 to give young South Africans paid work experience.

Wayne Osborne, Isuzu SA’s training manager, said the company fully supported economic transformation: “We’re committed to the growth and development of young South Africans and believe our youth deserve opportunities to accelerate their employability.

”It is our intention,  through the YES Programme, to create a pipeline of talent for the future.”

SOME OF THE TRAINEES: From back left: Sikelela Twashu, Melakhe Dlephu, Phathuxolo Ndlazilwana Xola Draai, Nomnikelo Nqini and Thembalethu Tyukala.
Middle: Landle Carelse, Thamsanqa Mnxulwa and Sinombulelo Mjiwu.
Front: Olwethu Vena, Tandile Sithetho, Luthando Mpehlo, Amanda Magwa and Sanelisiwe Tyelinzima. Image: Supplied

The programme presents learners with an opportunity for 12-months. Of the 72 taken on, 20 have been placed within the South African Isuzu dealer network across the country, another 52 deployed across the company.

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Osborne said the programme provided the candidates with somne insight into the operation a large corporation while gaining practical work experience. “The trainees will receive all necessary support and be guided and mentored by professionals.”

2020 statistics from Statistics SA says 15-24-year-olds are the most vulnerable in the South African labour market with an unemployment rate of 55,2% (first quarter 2019).

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