The Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project 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.
Applications for the First Work Experience PAY Project open annually. The programme provides matriculants between the ages of 17-24 with work experience and training within one of the 13 Western Cape Government Departments from 1 April 2022 till 31 March 2023.
24 years old or younger.
wrote and passed the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in the Western Cape.
not going to study further in 2022.
South African citizen, residing in the Western Cape.
have no network or support 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)
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.
Jonas McCarthy 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.