MultiChoice Group has collaborated with the Youth Employment Service (Yes) initiative to create 400 job opportunities for young people in South Africa.
The Yes initiative is a business-led collaboration with the government to create work opportunities for unemployed black South Africans between the ages of 18 and 35. MultiChoice will provide candidates with new electronic devices such as laptops so that they can fully participate in the training.
The scheme will create jobs in industries including telecommunications, human resources, engineering, satellite communication, coaching and ICT.
MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela said: “We have a long history of supporting and investing in programmes that are skewed towards the youth. Through a host of corporate social investment programmes, education, skills development, enterprise development, and sports development initiatives, we are helping to shape a new generation of South Africans who are ready to lead the continent into the next era.
“Our business is all about enriching lives and creating magic; creating spaces where people can imagine and live their dreams. It is an incredible opportunity to be able to translate this magic into something that will benefit the youth of South Africa who will soon be entering the workforce and contributing to our economy. By investing in and developing the youth of South Africa, MultiChoice is helping to shape the industries of the future.”
Tashmia Ismail-Saville, CEO of Yes, added: “MultiChoice is pioneering the behaviours we need to see all companies display in the future, as it embraces true transformation. This Covid-battered economy is seeing unprecedented job losses and economic fallout, and youths are once again going to bear the brunt of this catastrophe.
“We cannot afford to leave another generation behind. The MultiChoice/Yes project is a perfect example of meaningful transformation and how companies can support the country’s way out of the crisis by creating employment opportunities and incomes so desperately needed for our communities to emerge less bruised.”