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VWSA offers work experience to unemployed youth

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) continues to heed a call by President Cyril Ramaphosa asking big companies to offer unemployed youth without formal qualification jobs to gain experience.

The carmaker said this is the second uninterrupted year it is supporting the national Youth Employment Service (YES) programme by offering work opportunities to unemployed youth.

Volkswagen Group South Africa Chairman and Managing Director, Thomas Schaefer said the company has this year offered 520 unemployed youth an opportunity to gain experience at its assembly plant, dealerships including warehouse.

“The group, which began its 12-month employment period last week, consists of 141 candidates placed at VWSA, another 194 working for the VWSA dealership network and 185 candidates being taken in by SME host partners.

Of the 141 that will work for VWSA directly, 123 will be placed at the plant in Uitenhage, 10 candidates at the National Sales Organisation in Sandton and another 8 candidates will join the Group Parts Warehouse in Centurion,” said Schaefer.

Schaefer said it is the second year that VWSA is supporting the YES programme, launched by President Ramaphosa to enable young people without formal qualifications to gain work experience.

In 2019 explained  Schaefer, VWSA had in partnership with the YES Foundation, Harambee and UNLOCK’D, VWSA offered opportunities to 560 youth, saying 6 of these candidates were offered permanent positions within VWSA and the dealership network.

“Volkswagen remains committed to economic transformation initiatives, and we believe programmes like the YES initiative have a crucial part to play in alleviating the youth unemployment crisis in our country. It is our hope that our involvement in this programme will empower youth to realise their potential and gain quality employment,” Schaefer.

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