Youth Development at the Department of Transport and Public Works | Western Cape Government

Youth Development at the Department of Transport and Public Works

(Western Cape Government)

Youth development is essential for the progress of our society and our province. Giving the youth an opportunity to develop their career will help them gain a foothold in the job space, gain valuable work experience and help their career progress in the future.

The Department of Transport and Public Works offers opportunities to the youth living in the Western Cape through various career and skills development programmes. It also rolls out road safety initiatives in the Province aimed at young people.

Skills and Career Development Initiatives

Apprentices at the Bellville Mechanical Workshop.

Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme

Offered to students pursuing a career in the built environment including engineering and architecture. The department prioritises financially disadvantaged students when awarding these bursaries.


National Youth Service Learnerships

This programme is aimed at unemployed youth in the technical trade industry and is accredited with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

Unemployed and unskilled people between the ages of 16 and 34 can apply to be part of the EPWP. Participants' chances of finding jobs or starting their own businesses are increased through this programme.

Bellville Mechanical Workshop Apprentice Training Scheme

Apprentices receive practical training at the workshop and attend technical colleges where they achieve the various training levels of the National Technical Certificate (NTC).

Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) Internship

The Department of the Premier places interns in the Department. Interns have access to mentoring, career guidance, on-the-job training and skills development.

Traffic Law Enforcement Training

Gene Louw Traffic College offers Traffic Officer, Examiner of Vehicles and Examiner for Driving Licences training.


Youth Road Safety Education

scholar patrol training

High School Debates Learners from competing schools debate road safety issues using the World School Style (WSS) debate format. The best participants are selected to represent the Western Cape at the National Road Safety Debate Competition.
Participatory Educational Techniques (PET) Teams from different schools are asked to identify road safety problems affecting their schools or communities, and come up with creative and practical solutions to each problem using the three Es:
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Enforcement
Scholar Patrol The Department offers scholar patrol training and scholar patrol refresher courses to learners at various schools. Training includes how to display a road sign in the prescribed manner to ensure the safety of pedestrians crossing a public street or road.
Danny Cat Shows
Danny Cat is the mascot used to send road safety messages to children from 5 to 9 years old.
Learner's Licence Classes The Department offers free learner's licence classes to PAY interns and EPWP beneficiaries.


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The content on this page was last updated on 12 June 2019