Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project 2015
Applications for the Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project have now closed.
Good luck to everyone who applied. Below are the next steps in the process:
- Qualifying candidates are will be asked to come in for a personnel security check from 23 February 2015.
- The security check will take about a month and successful candidates will be informed from the end of March.
The programme runs from 7 April 2015 until 31 March 2016.
The PAY Project has transformed the lives of youth in the province. Yanga Ndinisa, from Good Hope College, had the opportunity to be part of this programme.
His hard work and consistent efforts at school enabled him to get a bursary for every year of his studies at secondary school.
Yanga learnt about the PAY project from the social worker when she came on her routine visit. She encouraged him to apply and he did. He applied to the Department of Local Government because he is interested in uplifting his community and he thought this was the perfect platform to start off on.
The programme offered Yanga a unique opportunity to learn new skills like IT which he lacked when he started. He also registered for the PAY skills training course which includes Office Management, Project Management and Written Communication. In addition, he enrolled for the Learner Licence Training.
Yanga applied to the University of the Western Cape in July of this year and was accepted for Library and Information studies!
Read about his story.
The minimum requirements for the interns were:
- Youth who have no support network to help you make informed career choices.
- Youth who have financial constraints.
- They should be between the ages of 18 and 24.
- A matric certificate.
- They should have no studies planned in 2015.
- They should require career guidance.
What will they achieve?
Youth who participate in this programme can:
- Gain work experience in the public sector.
- Find contactable references for their CV.
- Acquire a new set of skills and experiences that will make them more marketable and employable.
- Learn how to make informed career choices.
On-the-job training will be provided in the following departments:
- Department of the Premier
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Community Safety
- Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
- Department of Economic Development and Tourism
- Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning
- Department of Health
- Department of Human Settlements
- Department of Local Government
- Department of Social Development
- Department of Transport and Public Works
- Provincial Treasury
- The Western Cape Education Department (WCED)
This project was started two years ago and is a platform for matric learners and youth to gain working experience in the Western Cape Government.