Youth Skills Development ( YSD )

One of our biggest challenges in South Africa is the high risk of unemployment among young adults and school leavers. After leaving a committed primary school programme, students face the stagnant job market and the challenge of falling short in ‘soft skills’, vocational skills, and experience.

Participants complete our FREE three-month programme at 2 Dagbreek Street, Sybrand Park with the skills to become economically active youth and active members of the job force. The main disciplines we offer and focus on are; Hospitality; Beauty & Wellness; Sewing, Craft & Design; Soft Skills & Work-Readiness, Retail Readiness, Artisan Skills and Business Skills & Entrepreneurship. YSD students are granted the opportunity for internships and potential jobs at companies such as the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Relate Trust, The Grand, The One&Only, Quay Four, Shell and International Hotel School.

Requirements for joining the programme:  Students must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years and have matriculated and have a valid ID.

YSD Vision

To provide a holistic and sustainable Youth Skills Development programme for school leavers and unemployed youth hailing from challenged backgrounds (aged 18-35), where all achieve and succeed in life (and in so doing), contribute to a successful and prosperous and non-discriminatory South Africa, of which we can all be proud. The main disciplines we offer and focus on are:   Hospitality; Beauty & Wellness; Sewing, Craft & Design; Soft Skills & Work-Readiness, Retail Readiness, Artisan Skills and Business Skills & Entrepreneurship.

YSD Mission

To develop and empower individuals through systematic and structured, mainly practical (vocational) training and experiential learning interventions. By better equipping them for work, study or entrepreneurship, we aim to ultimately link them up with our development partners by way of career, study or business opportunities.


In Amy’s teaching kitchen & bistro our Chefs work to introduce the learners to basic kitchen, culinary and general hospitality skills.  Through this endeavor the facilitators link the learners to entry level hospitality employment opportunities.

Beauty & Wellness

Under the supervision of our beauty team the learners are empowered with sufficient knowledge and skills to equip them to be part of the beauty industry.  By gaining these skills the learners are prepared for entry level job opportunities or even starting their own business.

Craft & Design

This area teaches sewing and other creative skills. The learners are encouraged to explore their own creativity and produce quality products for retail.  In so doing, they can create their own small businesses and also become producers for Amy’s shop.

These skills can be a springboard to perusing employment opportunities in creative environments.



Soft Skills

In addition to our specialized skill programs, all YSD participants receive training in various skills which are vital for successful careers. During orientation and throughout the program, YSD students are able to learn basic numeracy & literacy, conversational English, C/V preparation & interview skills, and workplace etiquette & ethics.

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Supported by Distell Development Trust