Youth Skills Development

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 program with the skills to become economically active youth and active members of the job force. YSD students are granted the opportunity for internships and potential jobs at companies such as the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Relate Trust, Nandos, and International Hotel School.


OUR VISION is 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 and Business Skills & Entrepreneurship.



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 their magic and up-skill our Learners in basic kitchen, culinary and general hospitality skills, in an endeavor to link them up with entry-level hospitality employment opportunities. We also encourage entrepreneurship and fast-track those ‘budding’ chefs’ .

Beauty & Wellness

Under the strict and competent supervision of our Beauty Team, our Beauty trainees are developed and empowered with sufficient knowledge and skills to equip them to become a part of the Beauty industry, be it by way of employment opportunities at entry-level, or to start their own small beauty businesses.

Craft & Design

Under the competent & creative guidance of our Craft & Design Coordinator, our learners are taught sewing & other creative skills. They are encouraged to explore their creativity and to produce quality products for retail. In so doing, they can create their own small businesses and also become producers for Amy’s shop, as well as pursue employment opportunities in a creative environment.



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