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DEA Youth Environmental Services Programme

Youth Environmental Services (YES) Programme is a three year job creation and training programme funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and implemented by WESSA from 2013 to 2015. The aim of the programme has been to provide training and workplace based experience for 100 previously unemployed youth beneficiaries per year across the Western Cape, by exposing them to credited and non-accredited training interventions, a structured mentorship programme, and - in conjunction with various environmental ‘host’ organisations - gives them an opportunity to gather practical experience in the environmental sector.

The project has been a direct response of government in addressing the most pertinent issue facing our country’s economy today i.e. the youth unemployment rate and the lack of the requisite skills required to fulfil vacancies in the public, private and business sectors. 

Over the three year period the programme has been implemented in Cape Town, Grabouw, Worcester, Hermanus, George, Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Sedgefield.

WESSA is very thankful to all partners who have assisted with hosting the 300 programme participants and providing them with various workplace-based skills, which are much needed in order to drive the emerging green economy.  The participants and WESSA are grateful to the Department of Environmental Affairs for affording us the opportunity to engage in meaningful work in developing our Youth Capital in the Western Cape and South Africa, towards a brighter future.  

Project contact details

Mandy Noffke, Project Manager
Tel 021 701 1397

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