Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project 2018

(Western Cape Government)

The Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) programme will provide 700 matriculants from the class of 2017 with work and training from 1 April 2018 until March 2019. If you've recently completed your matric and looking to gain work experience in 2018 you can apply for PAY project today!

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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.

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Our Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) programme will provide 700 matriculants from the class of 2017 with work and training from 1 April 2018 until March 2019. 

Is this you?

  • You're 24 years old or younger.
  • You've written and passed the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in 2017 in the Western Cape.
  • You're not going to study further in 2018.
  • 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  8 January 2018
  • 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 26 January 2018

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 (your email address) and password (one time pin number).
  • Use the username and password to login and complete the application.
  • After completion of the application you will receive a message: ‘You have successfully applied for the PAY Project internship.
  • 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.

For more information on the recruitment process, read the full 2018 PAY recruitment guide

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 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 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 8 January 2018