Statistics during the first quarter of 2022 showed that the majority of the country’s unemployed population are young people. The Department of Home Affairs now has an opportunity targeting young unemployed graduates.
During this year’s State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the Department of Home Affairs will recruit unemployed young graduates for an opportunity to gain skills and contribute to the modernisation of citizens services through the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES).
The department has confirmed that they will be recruiting 10 000 graduates, 60% of the intake will be of young women and only 40% will be young men for the digitisation of its Civic paper records project.
In a statement, Home Affairs Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi said:
These unemployed youth should be qualified in Information Technology; Document, Information and Records Management, obtained from Institutions of Higher Learning (Universities, Universities of Technologies, TVETs).
This cohort will be required to sign a three-year contract linked to the duration of the project, which will be running from November 2022 until October 2025.
The successful youth will receive a stipend ranging from R5 000 for entry level positions to R9 500 for Technical Support level positions and R14 250 for Manager level positions.
Home Affairs confirmed that it will be working hand-in-hand with relevant stakeholders in both the recruitment and training phase of the project.
Motsoaledi emphasised that is not an internship but rather a programme that addresses youth unemployment, inclusive of persons with disabilities.
Applications will be submitted through walk-in centres, Labour Centres and on digital platforms;
Like the Basic Education Teacher Assistant initiative, this project aims to enhance the youths employability and also allow them to leverage on entrepreneurial opportunities beyond the project.