Youth Programmes

The YESFORYOUTH PROGRAMME is an initiative of the President, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced in 2018 as one of the ways in which South Africa’s youth unemployment problem may be addressed. It is supported by numerous large companies in the country which have undertaken to provide youth with work experience for a period of 12-months and where possible, absorb the youth into their workplaces.


Catalyx has implemented the YES programme for both Absa Bank Ltd and the SPAR Group.


Catalyx as an implementation partner for Absa Bank’s YES for Youth program, has placed and managed 1 050 youth nationally across 175 host employer partners nationally from December 2019 – April 2021.


Of the 1050 youth placed into work experience, 966 successfully completed the program with 43% of them being absorbed into employment.


SPAR SA understands that youth employment is important for our country’s economic growth. As such, SPAR has collaborated with YES for Youth to create a quality work experience to enable youth to reach their full career potential.


As the implementation partner for the SPAR Group’s YES for Youth program since 2019, Catalyx has empowered and placed over 450 youth per year into SPAR and Build It stores nationally.


Absa Bank Limited launched its ReadyToWork Programme in 2016, which focuses on training, capacity building and placements. Catalyx was tasked to deliver this programme in various communities nationally. Absa’s ReadyToWork Programme provides a valuable bridge between the worlds of school, college or university and that of work. This job preparation initiative enables school leavers and college or university graduates to explore and develop the skills required for a successful transition into employment or self-employment.


With ReadyToWork (R2W), Catalyx trained 12 500 candidates in all provinces across SA within 18 months. Of those trained, Catalyx facilitated employment opportunities for over 10 500 and approximately 5 000 were offered employment. The R2W program was implemented in mostly the same towns and cities across SA as the JumpStart program. Some key employer partners included Bidvest, KFC, Tsebo Group, Clicks Group & Victoria International.



Catalyx has been responsible for managing and implementing the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) facilitated by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).


This project provided unemployed youth with 6 – 9 month work opportunities with participating non-profit organizations. All candidates completed the Life Skills Work Readiness Program in preparation for the workplace.


Catalyx coordinated this project for over 30 not for profit organizations who hosted 400 candidates in 2014/15, 500 in 2015/16 and 650 in 2016/17.