Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project 2017

(Western Cape Government)

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Would you like to gain work experience in the public service? Then look no further than the Western Cape Government! Apply for our programme and we can make gaining work experience in the Public Service Better Together.

Apply for the PAY Project

Our Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) programme will provide 750 matriculants from the class of 2016 with work and training from 1 April 2017 until 31 March 2018. 

Is this you?

  • You're between the ages of 18 and 24.
  • You've written and passed the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in 2016 in the Western Cape.
  • You're not going to study further in 2017.
  • You're a South African citizen, residing in the Western Cape.
  • You have no support network to help you make informed career choices.
  • You're not sure of your next step after school.
  • You're financially constrained.

If your answer is “yes” to all of the above, the PAY project is for you!  

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 open  3 January 2017
  • To apply, go to Western Cape Government e-recruit page and complete the online application form.
  • You'll need to attach your CV and a copy of your ID when submitting your online application.
  • You'll be asked to write a brief statement about yourself regarding your:
    • key skills and abilities,
    • key achievements and experiences, and
    • career objectives.
  • The closing date for applications is 20 January 2017

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 have to register first before you can apply.
  • Once you have registered successfully, you'll receive a username and password.
  • Use the username and password to login and complete the application.
  • Please save your username and password in a secure place so that you are able to access it should you need to.
  • Find out more by reading our Recruitment Guide.

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 personnel 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:

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How the PAY project can change lives

Jonas Mc Carthy matriculated from Southern Suburbs Youth Academy in 2011 and was an intern in 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 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 2 June 2017