Presidential Youth Employment Intervention
The PYEI is South Africa’s most comprehensive effort to address youth unemployment. Its goal is to enable more young people to move from learning to earning. It is not replacing the many ongoing efforts, but seeks to coordinate, accelerate and enhance existing programmes and unblock pathways to employment, training and youth enterprise. Additional resources drive the development of innovative approaches.
The PYEI is coordinated by a Project Management Office (PMO) in the Presidency and combines the know-how of leading experts, government departments, the private sector, social partners and young people themselves. The PMO’s direct reporting line to the President adds convening power. Implementation is led by national departments and units best positioned to ensure rapid and effective delivery. The PMO provides oversight, strategic direction and support to implementing departments. This includes unblocking administrative bottlenecks, co-creating interventions, securing funding and sourcing technical support. The PMO also facilitates and strengthens linkages with stakeholders outside Government.