For Skills Development, we have remained dedicated to internal and external skills enhancement. In addition to our comprehensive training programs and qualifications for employees, we run Learnership programs for both unemployed and employed learners, and an annual Bursary scheme.
These Learnership programmes not only equip individuals with valuable skills and qualifications, but also boosts their employability. We're particularly proud to have absorbed two learners into permanent employment since the commencement of our Learnerships and in total we have supported 18 unemployed learners and 6 employed Learners since 2017.
Our Bursary program supports young black university students, primarily in the Engineering field, providing access to higher education for previously disadvantaged individuals. Through our Bursary programme we have sponsored 35 CPUT students with their studies.
Furthermore, in 2022, we embraced the YES programme (Youth Employment Service) to help combat youth unemployment in South Africa. This initiative involves upskilling youth through a 12-month workplace experience and training program which is facilitated through an implementation partner. To date, we have sponsored 24 Youth through the YES programme.