The City of Johannesburg is committed to provide skills development opportunities, not only for its employees, but also for every community member living in Johannesburg. The portfolio of Group Corporate and Shared Services Department under MMC Loyiso Lugayeni-Masuku is offering the following training opportunities: bursaries, internships and learnership programmes.
Among others, the objective of the youth programmes under the shared services department is to achieve equal access to education, training and employment opportunities. The programme also provides the necessary skills and workplace experience to open up better employment opportunities and address South Africa’s skills shortages.
Masuku would like to see Joburg become a Smart City. “Employees should be able to access all their HR-related documents online. Citizens should be able to apply for jobs via an e-recruitment portal. Communities should be able to access WiFi in all public spaces and City buildings. It must be easy and a cheaper to access and pay for services through various tech platforms. The fourth industrial revolution is a reality, and Joburg cannot afford to be left behind,” she says.
Masuku joined the City in August 2016 as a PR Councillor, serving as a committee member for the Community Development and Municipal Public Accounts Committee. Her experience straddles the local and provincial spheres of government, both as a public servant and public representative. She worked in the Private Office of the Executive Mayor in the City of Ekurhuleni for a period of four years, and served the Gauteng Provincial Government as a senior official in the Office of the Premier under former Premier Nomvula Mokonyane. “I would like to leave a legacy of having changed the administrative and human capital landscape of the City as an employer of choice by 2026.
Our employees are the backbone of service delivery. Therefore, a happy workforce is central in ensuring our citizens receive quality services on time and at a fair price. As politicians we need our employees to help us implement the Joburg 2040 GDS (Growth and Development Strategy),” says Masuku.
Two hundred bursaries are annually offered at an amount of R35 000 per bursar in the following study fields:
- Logistics Ambulance Emergency
- Archive Management
- Built Environment
- Monitoring & Evaluation
- Nature Conservation
- Production and Operations Management
- Political Science
- Property Evaluation
- Real Estate or Property Management
- Transport Modelling
- Information Technology•
- Quality Assurance
- Environmental Management
The criteria for the bursaries includes academic merit, previously disadvantaged groups, those who reside in Johannesburg and undergraduate students.
The internship scheme is an intervention by the City of Johannesburg to address the growing demand by educational institutions for students to gain on-the-job exposure, as a prerequisite to acquire an academic qualification or as a requirement after the acquisition of an academic qualification.
VARIOUS FORMS OF INTERNSHIPS
Student internships are offered to students at educational institutions who require practical experience in order to gain their qualification.
Graduate internships are offered to individuals who have completed their qualification, are unemployed, and require workplace experience in order to enhance their future employment opportunities.
In alignment with National Treasury regulations and Municipal Finance Management Act, the City as an equal opportunity employer specifically encourages students with disabilities to take up this opportunity.
Undergraduates R3 500 (still studying)• Graduates R 7 839• National Treasury R12 000• Duration: It takes 18-months to complete the internship programme.
What Does Am Intern Receive On Completion
The intern’s mentor will be required to assess the internship programme and progress. The intern will be certificated on successful completion.
A learnership is a work-based learning programme that leads to an NQF-registered qualification. It is a structured learning programme that combines learning at a training institute with practical, work-based learning in an integrated programme.
A person who has completed their matric (National Senior Certificate/National Certificate) who resides in the City of Johannesburg.Must be older than 18 years and younger than 35 years to qualify.
DURATION: One year to complete a Learnership Certificate.
Will the Learner be Paid?
There is a specified minimum allowance paid to a learner. This is not a salary, but covers expenses such as travel and meals. The amount paid as a learner allowance depends on the SETA, type of learnership and the level of qualification.
What Does a Learner Receive on Completion
During the learnership, learners will be required to complete assignments, tasks and practical tests and projects. They will be formally assessed in the classroom and workplace. If all these assignments are completed successfully, they will be awarded an NQF-registered qualification that is recognised nationally.