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In a ground-breaking initiative meant to upskill Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College students, the City has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South West Gauteng College (SWGC) to prepare 80 students for the world of work.
The MoU is designed to enhance employability for SWGC students who are marginalised by corporates due to a biased preference for university graduates.
The partnership paves way for the municipality to put the 80 students through a rigorous experiential training programme spanning 18 months. The internship will cover fields as diverse as Human Resource Management, Public Relations Management, Marketing Management and Financial Management.
The programme is meant to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge from the classroom and tacit knowledge from the workplace.
Cllr Loyiso Masuku, the Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Group Corporate and Shared Services, says the internship is also tailored to address socio-economic ills like unemployment in Johannesburg.
“We want to foster relationships with TVET Colleges in Johannesburg by providing enrolled students with relevant workplace experience so they can compete in the marketplace,” Cllr Masuku explains.
Currently, the municipality has over 750 interns employed across diverse fields at an estimated annual budget of R46-million rands, says Tersia Groenewald, the Deputy Director of Corporate and Shared Services.
The City administers two other similar initiatives that focus on youth development. In the first category, youths who have completed the theoretical component of their studies and need practical experience to achieve their qualification are hired and trained.
The second category focuses on graduates who have completed their qualification, yet still require adequate preparation to enter the job market. The City also hires and trains candidates with a career focus in finance through its partnership with National Treasury.
MMC Masuku says the 80 students will be supported in all facets throughout their internship in the City.

Written by Gontse ‘Gee’ Hlophe