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2014 DEA YES Programme participants ready to take on the job market

Dec 19, 2014
Category: Press Release

Over 100 participants on the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Youth Environmental Services (YES) Programme received their certificates at a graduation ceremony held at The Range in Tokai, Cape Town, on 18 December. This follows their successful completion of a one year training programme that is implemented by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA).  With a year’s practical experience under their belts and training certificates in hand these enthusiastic youths are now ready for the job market. 

The YES Programme is a three year job creation and training programme that is funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and implemented by WESSA in the Western Cape. The aim of the programme is to provide training and workplace-based experience for an annual intake of 100 previously unemployed youth beneficiaries by exposing them to accredited and non-accredited training interventions, by providing a structured mentorship programme, and by giving them an opportunity to gather practical work experience in the environmental sector while placed at various host organisations.  The YES Programme is a direct response of government to two of the most significant issues facing our economy, namely the extremely high youth unemployment rate and the lack of job seekers with the relevant skills required to fulfil vacancies in the public and private sectors.

The graduation ceremony, hosted by WESSA, marked the end of the second year of the programme which ran in Cape Town, Worcester and Oudtshoorn this year.  Certificates were presented at the event to 2014 participants from Cape Town and Worcester, as well as several Cape Town and Hermanus programme participants from 2013. A separate ceremony was held in Oudtshoorn on the same day for 2014 Oudtshoorn participants and 2013 George participants.  The third and final year of the programme commences in January 2015 in Cape Town, Grabouw, Knysna and Sedgefield.

WESSA and the beneficiaries are thankful to all DEA YES Programme partners that have assisted in mentoring beneficiaries and providing them with a wide variety of workplace-based skills, which are much needed to drive the emerging green economy. WESSA is also grateful to the Department of Environmental Affairs for providing the opportunity to develop our youth capital in the Western Cape and in South Africa towards a brighter future.

For further information about the programme visit


Link to images and captions:

Image 1 – Veronica Mukasa (DEAD&DP), Vuyokasi Anelisa Rubushe (hosted by False Bay Ecology Park), Philippa Huntly (WESSA)
Image 2 – Veronica Mukasa (DEAD&DP), Khotsang Princess Seqhala from Worcester (hosted by The Institute for the Blind), Lydia Groenewald (WESSA)

For more information please contact:

Mandy Noffke – WESSA DEA YES Programme Project Manager
Email | Tel 021 701 1397 | Cell 082 876 7155
Catherine Ritchie – WESSA Communications & Marketing Manager
Email | Tel 021 701 1397 | Cell 082 321 2794