On 2 November, the first intake of 27 Youth Employment Service (YES) graduates were warmly welcomed into the Adcock Ingram family. Adcock Ingram also officially launched its YES Programme initiative at its head office in Midrand, on 1 November.
During the first quarter of 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the YES Programme to curb the rising number of unemployed youths. The initiative is set to change the lives of many young South Africans in cities, towns and villages across the country. Adcock Ingram has taken up the challenge to help close the gap in youth unemployment by contributing to the President’s vision of bringing one million youth on board within three years.
The Proudly South African pharmaceutical manufacturer has now established a long term partnership with the YES Foundation. It will be taking on a new group of YES graduates each month up until March 2019. Once the first year cycle draws to an end and the graduates complete their one year experience, a new cycle will start. The total intake for the year will be 132 graduates.
Inspiring the leaders of tomorrow
Candidates dressed in branded apparel were both nervous and excited with the upcoming opportunity and eagerly engaged with their colleagues. Highlights of the launch included an address by Basadi Letsoalo, Adcock Ingram’s executive director of human capital and transformation, as well as a motivational talk from TV personality, Cynthia Tshaka. Both speakers inspired the graduates and equipped them emotionally for the journey ahead.
‘At Adcock Ingram, we believe in the mantra of “adding value to life”. Under the transformation pillar of our strategy, we focus on attracting and retaining talent as well as developing our people. We feel strongly about “growing our own timber” as opposed to looking outside for talent. We are also firm believers in the fact that successful people are not gifted, they just work hard, then succeed on purpose and this is what we try and instil within our people. We are proud to be part of such a remarkable programme and to help make a difference to our country in terms of helping to reduce the rising unemployment levels,’ Letsoalo commented.
Adcock Ingram is focused on being a catalyst for change within South Africa and is always on the look-out for opportunities to make a positive impact on society.
‘The young talent in our country need to be afforded opportunities as they are our leaders of tomorrow. Adcock Ingram’s graduate programme is another initiative that opens doors for these young students,’ Letsoalo concluded.