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Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project

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The Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) Programme aims to create the opportunity for matriculants to gain workplace experience in the Western Cape Government (WCG). The internship allows for a year of mentoring, decision-making about a future career, on-the-job training and exposure to skills training and development to make the intern more employable.

Annually, applications open for Matric First Work Experience PAY Internship Opportunities. The programme provides matriculants between the ages of 17-24 with work experience and training within one of the 13 Western Cape Government Departments.

Qualifying criteria:

  • 24 years old or younger.
  • wrote and passed the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in the Western Cape in 2020.
  • not going to study further in 2021.
  • South African citizen, residing in the Western Cape.
  • no support network to help you make informed career choices.
  • not sure of your next step after school.
  • financially constrained (household income less than R350,000 p/a)
  • no work experience 

What will you achieve?

  • Work experience in the public sector.
  • Contactable references for your brand new CV.
  • A set of skills and experiences that will make you more marketable and employable.
  • A year in which to make informed career choices together with a network to back it up.

Make it happen

  • Applications normally open in the first week of January, but for the 2021 intake, it will take place in the first week of May with assumption of duty, 1 July 2021.

Application tips

  • If you don't have an email address, create one at a free email site like Gmail or Yahoo. You will need it to apply.
  • You must register on the South African Youth Network before you can apply. This platform is administered by Harambee:
  • Once you have registered successfully, you'll be able to apply.

We'll be verifying each applicant’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) results with the Western Cape Education Department as well as any other relevant documentation.

Applicants will only be appointed once they've passed a security check, which includes having their fingerprints taken.

Applicants must ensure that they open bank accounts before undergoing a personal security check.

Applicants must also ensure that they register with SARS to obtain a tax number before the personnel security check.

On-the-job training will be provided in the following departments:

How the PAY project can change lives

Jonas Mc Carthy matriculated from Southern Suburbs Youth Academy at the end of 2011 and was an intern from 2012 to 2013.  

Jonas learnt about the PAY project and decided to apply. He applied to the Department of Social Development and gained experience in general administrative work and data capturing.

After Jonas completed his PAY internship he got a learnership (based on the fact that he had practical work experience through the PAY project) for 12 months at the Learning Cape Initiative (LCI). The LCI recognised his potential and offered him a position as an admin clerk.

Read about his story.

'The PAY Project is a great learning curve'


'I'm more marketable, thanks to PAY'

The content on this page was last updated on 3 May 2021