Youth Month 2017 | Western Cape Government

Youth Month 2017

(Western Cape Government)

The theme for South Africa’s Youth Month 2017 is “Year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Participation”.

The Department of Transport and Public Works knows the importance of youth participation in South Africa’s economy which is why we aim to meet the Western Cape Government’s Provincial Strategic Goals (PSGs) 1 and 2 through our skills development, training, apprenticeship and bursary programmes.

  • PSG 1: Creating Opportunities for growth and jobs.
  • PSG 2: Improving education outcomes and opportunities for youth development.

Read more about the Western Cape Government’s PSGs




The Western Cape Government’s Apprenticeship Game-Changer focuses on developing enough qualified technically and vocationally skilled people for high-priority economic growth areas in the province.

Our Bellville Mechanical Workshop Apprenticeship prepares participants to study towards becoming mechanical engineering technicians. They may take this further by going on to study for an engineering qualification at a higher education institution (HEI). Once they have become qualified artisans, they are in a good position to apply for a job in the Department or in the private sector.

The apprenticeship is registered with the Manufacturing and Engineering Related Sectorial Education and Training Authority (Merseta) and apprentices sign a four-year contract with Merseta which is approved by the Department of Labour.

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Training traffic officers

Traffic officer

The Department offers a one-year accredited traffic officer training programme to youth at its Gene Louw Traffic College (GLTC) in Cape Town. Applicants must have secured a traffic officer post to be accepted as a student at the College. Candidate traffic officers complete a series of modules and undergo practical and theoretical assessments as prescribed by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and Safety and Security, Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA).

The Department awards the students who successfully complete the course the Road Traffic Law Enforcement Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) certificate at the end of the programme.


Construction learnershipLearnership in construction

In October each year, we invite youth to apply for our Learnership Training in Construction Industry (2016) initiative. Training for participants will include:

  • Theoretical and institution practical at a TVET college.
  • Work on a building site.
  • Health and safety regulations.
  • Maintenance of work areas.

The learnership is accredited with the Department of Higher Education and Training. Once completed, the participant will receive a National Certificate in the relevant field.

Youth can apply for learnerships in:

  • Carpentry,
  • Masonry (bricklaying),
  • Plumbing,
  • Electrical wiring,
  • Welding, or
  • Roadworks.

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Bursary recipient

We empower financially disadvantaged youth by making Masakh’iSizwe Bursaries available for transport, built environment and engineering qualifications through full-time study at higher education institutions in the Western Cape.

Once they have completed their qualifications, we support graduates to meet the requirements for professional registration through the Professional Development Programme.




Read more on how we are advancing youth economic participation

The content on this page was last updated on 22 June 2017