Jobs Fund PAY Project

The Jobs Fund Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project

The Learning Cape Initiative sources unemployed youth who have completed Matric, through various networks and institutions. These students attend a Training Course as outlined below in order to assist them to be more work ready and have a better understanding of the world of work when they apply for positions.

One of these resources is the Western Cape Government who are placing selected post matric students in a one-year internship in the 13 Government departments. Once these students exit the
internship, they are invited to attend an accredited Work Place Skills Training Programme. During the course of this programme students are also trained in Life Skills, CV Writing Skills and Interview Skills.

The unit standards that make up the accredited training programme, are as follows:

No Unit Standard NQF Level Credits
9303 Communicate verbally with clients in a financial environment 3 3
13947 Motivate a Team 4 6
113903 / 243137 Demonstrate skills and techniques required to build a relationship with a client in a financial services environment 4 3
114943 / 244572 Describe how to manage workplace relationships 3 2
117171 Manage time effectively to enhance productivity and enable a balanced lifestyle 3 2
119676 Apply the skills of customer care in a specific work environment 4 4
242584 / 12164 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act 2002 (FAIS) (Act 37 of 2002) as it impacts on a specific financial services sub-sector 4 2
243225 Explain the application of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2 of 2002 and the Electronic Transactions and Communications Act, 25 of 2002, in a business environment 4 2
13940 / 242655 Demonstrate knowledge and application of ethical conduct in a business environment 4 4
117133 Manage own /work performance in relation to an organisation’s performance management system 3 2
Total 30

Where it all began…

Jobs Fund PAY project contributes towards job creation of youth within the Western Cape.


On 07 January 2011, the Premier requested the Director General to “investigate and make proposals to Cabinet” on the following:

“Give a number of the 2011 matriculants the opportunity to work in the WCG for a period of one year in order to obtain some work experience and training:

  • Include an appropriate cohort of matriculants with disabilities, who are [currently] not going to study further and who are unemployed.
  • Investigate the possibility of doing so within the framework of the EPWP programme.
  • Ensure tightly controlled measures and mentoring.
  • The required outcome of young people after a year is to at least have something to put on their CV’s with contactable references, having obtained some skill sets and experience to make them more marketable.”

The Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille said: “I envisage such a process to be repeated every year thereafter.”

The PAY Internship on an annual basis

  • Aims to recruit a number of matriculants from the previous year
  • Selection for one-year internship
  • Places 13 Western Cape Government departments across Western Cape Province 70% must be placed in jobs

What does the internship offer?

Meaningful work experience:

  • Work Readiness Training for 5 days
  • 1 day departmental induction/ orientation
  • Skills development programme (e.g. computer literacy, life orientation, system training like PERSAL or BAS)
  • One-on-one mentorship
  • Support in career development