Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project 2015

(Western Cape Government)

Better lives and employment opportunities have become a reality for young people in our province.

In 2011, Premier Helen Zille launched the Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) project, which aims to provide young people with the opportunity to gain workplace experience in the Western Cape Government.

At the time, 70% of unemployed people in the Western Cape were young people. Over the last five years, PAY has provided 2 251 learners with workplace experience and skills.

An additional R27 million was made available in order to expand the programme and take on more interns.

The Premier, who started out as a secretary, said her mother always taught her to take pride in whatever job she had. She encouraged interns to work hard because “it opens door after door” and said hard work is the key to success.

This year the project has selected over 700 young people to work across 13 departments in the Western Cape Government. 

The  first month of work got off to a great start for PAY interns. The interns were welcomed by Premier Zille at the opening ceremony recently. The programme runs from 7 April 2015 until 31 March 2016.

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Changing lives

Yanga Ndinisa PAY Project 2015

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

Selecting candidates

The minimum requirements for the interns are:

  • 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:

The content on this page was last updated on 11 May 2015