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Yes2Day, the partnership between Lulaway and leading business incubator Raizcorp, orchestrated the event, helping the entrepreneurs to successfully navigate the hiring of a funded intern.Just like the fast pace of a traditional speed-dating event, SMEs had just ten minutes to interview each of the carefully selected candidates, and could then offer a position to the most suitable person.From Johannesburg, she describes being unemployed as demoralising.SMEs are important in solving unemployment, but many SMEs find that affording new staff to grow their business is a challenge.As a result, job seekers arrived at the interviews thoroughly prepared.The preparation and boosted confidence paid off – employers were impressed by the calibre of the candidates, and all 17 companies offered positions to at least one young person. The Yes2Day programme in conjunction with YES just delivered a double benefit to our economy.“We would love to grow, but don’t have the cash flow.

“Mpho Funeke came across as confident, with excellent communication skills and prior education.

It is wonderful that Raizcorp can play an even bigger part in creating some good for small businesses,” says Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp.

“We’re helping small business grow and at the same time opening the door for unemployed youth,” says Jake Willis, CEO of Lulaway, SA’s leading youth-employment engine.

Job seekers, too, benefited by having spent the last month in the newly launched Lulaway’s Youth Incubator, where they were given interview training, work-readiness skills and the opportunity to prove themselves in the workplace environment before being placed into more permanent positions.

This bridging period allowed a more accurate selection for final placements based on competencies and traits.

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