Internship applications closing soon

2019-09-10 06:00

The City is offering unemployed graduates the opportunity to receive a three-year-long internship as part of the 2020 intake for the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG) training programme.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13 September.

All qualifying national diploma, BTech or B.Degree, graduates are welcome to apply.

The City will only consider applications from unemployed South African citizens who have one of the required national diplomas in cost and management accounting; environmental health or information systems and technology.

The programme exposes graduates to operations within the municipal environment. Various City departments provide the interns with the necessary practical experience.

These include the water and sanitation; solid waste; transport; human settlements; information science and technology and finance departments.

Their structured training plans are aligned with the respective statutory professional registration requirements of each field to provide the graduates with the desired learning outcomes.

“Thus far, the ISDG programme has made a real impact in the lives of many talented graduates who have gained invaluable experience and knowledge from experts within the City administration,” said Mayco member for corporate services, Sharon Cottle.

Since the inception of the ISDG programme, the City has appointed 61 graduates representing various fields of studies, namely engineering; material science; biotechnology; chemical science; environmental science; quantity surveying and project administration.

To date, 22 graduates have been appointed to permanent positions within the City.

The City’s long-term strategy determines what type of expertise need to be promoted and developed among residents.

In this instance, the core objective is to support the City of Cape Town’s infrastructure development goals.

The ISDG programme provides the City with an opportunity to address the shortage of scarce and critical skills in various fields.

The City is planning ahead to replace scarce and critical skills that they may lose in the coming years as employees retire.

As cities expand, industries and people need to be supported with adequate services ranging from the provision of electricity and water to various other services that aid modern development beyond the basics, such as a broadband and public transport networks.

By continuing to invest in infrastructure development, the City is ensuring that Cape Town has the capacity to support this growth.

The key performance areas of these internships include financial control and risk management; monitoring risk compliance control; environmental health functions; community participation; development of informal settlements; IT administration; investigation, analysis and research, and communication.

It should be noted that computer proficiency in MS PowerPoint, MS Excel and MS Word, as well as a driver’s licence will be considered as an advantage for applicants.

Applicants can apply via SMS by sending ISDG to 33002.

V For any queries, applicants may contact hrservicedesk@capetown.gov.za or visit the City’s website for information.

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