CAPE TOWN – After Statistics South Africa revealed an unemployment rate for youth aged between 15 and 24 of a staggering 55.2 percent for the first quarter of 2019, it is heart-warming to hear that businesses are rising to the challenge placed on them by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
PG Group (PG), South Africa’s leading glass manufacturer and supplier, has heeded the president’s call to create new work opportunities for the country’s vast number of unemployed youth.
In collaboration with the Youth Employment Service (YES), PG is creating job opportunities across all its business divisions nationwide, with the aim of addressing and alleviating poverty, tackling socioeconomic challenges and lowering youth unemployment.
The group’s YES journey began in October 2018 with an initial intake of 120 youth who commenced their experiential workplace programmes. A national recruitment drive for a second intake of 120 youth is currently under way, as the group ramps up its efforts to provide job opportunities in support of the national initiative.
“The YES programme is one of many undertakings that we have embarked on to provide training and skills development for hundreds of black individuals in the last ten years,” elaborates Charles Bromley the CEO of the PG Group. “These activities have provided many opportunities to upskill youth in the glass sector.”