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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