Atlantis Foundries says YES to the Youth Employment Service (YES) South Africa initiative
Atlantis Foundries is a team of 900 employees that manufactures heavy-duty engine blocks for the automotive export market. With Atlantis Foundries shareholder being Daimler Truck AG, Atlantis Foundries management promotes a culture of lifelong learning and development of its people in the company’s ongoing pursuit of superior quality. Learnerships and apprenticeships have therefore become an integral part of Atlantis Foundries skills development initiatives. In 2020, Atlantis Foundries provided 125 youth from various backgrounds with learnerships and apprenticeship opportunities. In 2021, the learnerships and apprenticeship opportunities have been extended to 75 youth.
Learnerships and apprenticeships at Atlantis Foundries are seen as an important pipeline in sourcing young talent. Christoph Ewers, Atlantis Foundries Chief Commercial Officer and Director, has indicated: “…that the return on investment from lifelong learning and development of the foundry’s people is the noticeable ongoing improved value creation for the foundry’s employees, customers, and the company.”
Skills development and providing youth with work experience opportunities remains an important area of focus for Atlantis Foundries in the upcoming year. Harnessing the power of collaboration to develop skills, knowledge, experience and opportunities for South African youth, Atlantis Foundries has taken up the call and has said YES to participating in the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative. Through the YES Implementation Model, Atlantis Foundries has partnered with Youth at Work to provide 192 youth with a year of work experience in various worksites.
NAACAM said it is proud to support the Youth Employment Service (YES) South Africa initiative and encourages NAACAM members to learn more about YES and the YES implementation partner model.
To find out more, please contact Beth Dealtry ([email protected].za).