Internship is a public service graduate work experience programme targeting unemployed graduates.
Internship gives students workplace experience or an opportunity to practice the work skills that they have studied and will practice in future.
Internship in the public service is a planned, structured, and managed programme that provides work experience for a specific period varying from three to twelve months.
TWO CATEGORIES OF INTERN
A graduate intern is a person who has completed a qualification but has been unemployed and needs workplace exposure to enhance chances of future employment.
A student intern is someone who is enrolled at a tertiary education institution for a SAQA registered qualification and required to obtain practical experience as part of their study programme.
Both cases interns should be between the ages of 18 and 35 years.
2. OBJECTIVES OF INTERNSHIP
To resolve the general shortage of qualified and skilled people in the workforce by encouraging graduates to equip themselves with the necessary practical experience.
To assist in meeting the strategic staffing needs of the department by providing practical and accelerated work experience programmes that expose interns to specific occupations.
To address the problem of youth unemployment and provide unemployed graduates with valuable work experience and skills to enhance their employability.
To provide opportunities to gain some practical experience for students who are required to do this to earn credits towards a qualification.
To contribute to accelerated service delivery through the improved introduction of skilled personnel in the public sector and improved equitable access to the public sector employment for rural and marginalized groups such as women and the disabled.
To contribute to life long learning and increase awareness among students of job and career opportunities in the public service.
3. BENEFICIARIES OF THE PROGRAMME
Unemployed South African graduates from SAQA registered Institutions who have completed their degrees or diplomas.
Unemployed graduates who have not been exposed to work experience related to the area of study that they have completed.
4. FRAMEWORK FOR INTERNSHIP
Fit to purpose
Partnership and Cooperation
Enhance understanding of the public service
5. RECRUITMENT STRATEGY
6. TARGETED AREAS
Human Resource Management
Supply Chain Management
Occupational Health and safety
7. CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AND REMUNERATION OF GRADUATED INTERNS
Interns must meet the qualifying criteria to be eligible for the following provisions in the Public Service:
Payment for performing overtime duty.
Travel and subsistence allowance.
Night shift allowances.
Danger and special danger allowance.
Clothing for work/protective clothing.
Remuneration of interns are guided by the Determination on interns and learners made by the Minister of Public Service
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