YES Youth Employment Success received a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Social Impact category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation. The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s most prestigious International Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. 

The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design and reward emerging areas of design strategy, social impact and design entrepreneurship. The Good Design Awards Jury spent several days evaluating each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. 

Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in all areas and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition. 

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said: “Receiving a Good Design Award at this level is a significant achievement given the very high calibre of entries received this year.” “Australia’s Good Design Award is more than a symbol of design excellence, it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately improve our quality of life. These projects showcase the brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world,” said Dr. Gien. 

The Good Design Awards Jury praised YES Youth Employment Success commenting: “ We commend YES for changing the power dynamics in employment or job seeking relationship by empowering young people to reach out to potential employers. In addition, the program benefits two-ways, enabling employers to discover next-generation employees. We look forward to seeing how this program scales nationally and we encourage a return entry in a year or two with a wider impact case.” The Good Design Awards attracted a record number of submissions with close to 700 design projects evaluated in this year’s international design awards.

We have an amazing group of local businesses in the Lower South Island that regularly take time out to connect with young people looking to find their place in the workforce. 

Thank you to each and every YES Employer and everyone that has been a part of the YES story.  ❤