President Ramaphosa recently launched the YES (Youth Employment Service) initiative. Over the next three years, YES – led and supported by the private sector – will incentivise businesses to employ young people, giving them a chance at a life-changing first work experience. 


With a unique collaboration between government, labour, civil society and the youth, this represents a benchmark in fresh, bold responses to our country’s unemployment crisis. Your company’s commitment to YES is crucial to creating a better South Africa, and a better South Africa is crucial to businesses, society and the future of this country as a whole.

And whilst we believe that the YES initiative is something that ALL private sector employers across South Africa should support, the mechanics of managing a successful YES programme should be carefully considered. Managed manually, learnership programmes become very difficult to administer, leading to serious cost and time issues.

Using our tech, employers like Sasol, Exxaro and City of Cape Town have successfully automated their learnership programmes at scale, delivering significant cost and time efficiencies.

  • Enable applicants to apply to your learnerships via SMS, Facebook Messenger and/or a responsive mobile website
  • Provide your internal team with powerful tools to screen, filter, track and manage candidates as they progress through your learnership programme
  • Through our partnerships with various youth employment accelerators, receive pre-screened talent from quality sources.

CLICK HERE to find out how we can help you activate a successful learnership programme.

Mark Gray

CEO, graylink