Young, unemployed and a graduate? Apply for this work experience internship programme

The programme aims to provide relevant work experience to unemployed graduates, in-service trainees as well as candidate trainees, between the ages of 18 and 35 years, who are working towards their professional qualification.

With youth unemployment sitting at 58% in South Africa, Productivity SA, the government entity mandated to promote employment growth and productivity, has been appointed to manage the Itukise Internship for Unemployed Graduates Programme.

Itukise, a Sesotho word that means “prepare yourself” has been conceptualised by the Skills for the Economy Unit of the Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation Division (SEZ&ET) and funded by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC).

The programme aims to provide relevant work experience to unemployed graduates, in-service trainees as well as candidate trainees, between the ages of 18 and 35 years, who are working towards their professional qualification.

Productivity SA CEO, Mothunye Mothiba said: “We are proud to play a role that forms part of government’s strategy to tackle high unemployment levels in South Africa by equipping youth with the necessary skills to prepare them for the workplace.

The programme will help improve the employability of young graduates, ensure their meaningful contribution towards the economy and their communities, provide them with practical skills and real-life exposure to the workplace and also help them to build networks for future employment – Productivity SA CEO, Mothunye Mothiba

Mothiba called on graduates to apply for placement and invited private sector companies to serve as hosts for the interns.

The Itukise Programme Project Manager, Lalane Janse van Rensburg, said: “The programme will cater for 1 200 unemployed graduates, in-service and professional trainees for up to 3 years. Graduates who are eligible to apply for the programme are placed in three categories:

– Professional trainee candidates, who have completed a national diploma or degree in any of the industrial, electro-mechanic, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering fields, who are unemployed and have not been in an internship programme aligned to the discipline.

– Young graduates who have completed a South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) recognised qualification of NQF Level 6 (national diploma or degree) from any institution of higher learning. Such graduates should be unemployed and not have been in employment nor an internship in their field of study.

– Young unemployed students from the Technical and Vocational Education Training Colleges (TVETs) and Universities of Technology (UoTs), who need practical training for a duration of 6 to 18 months to fulfil their qualification requirements.

These trainees will be placed in host enterprises for their in-service training where they will be expected to complete their training log books and attendance.

“As Productivity SA, we are thrilled to be given the opportunity to manage the Itukise Internship for Unemployed Graduates Programme on behalf of the DTIC. We are confident that it will open up massive opportunities for young graduates to develop their skills and equip them with relevant work experience to reach their full potential and contribute to the South African economy,” concluded Janse van Rensburg.

Interested graduates can visit www.productivitysa.co.za careers section and download an application form for completion.

For information on applications contact project managers Neo Lekaowa on neol@productivitysa.co.za or Lalane Janse van Rensburg at lalanejvr@productivitysa.co.za

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