City of Joburg empowers students with internships

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MMC Loyiso Masuku (third from right) poses with executives from the South West Gauteng TVET College after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.

The City of Johannesburg has signed a partnered with the South West Gauteng TVET College (SWC) to provide 80 students with experiential training.

The programme will last for 18 months. After the training, the students are expected to be having the necessary workplace experience to successfully compete in today’s job market.

The induction ceremony took place at the Metro Centre Building in Braamfontein on Monday, May 10.

Video credit: City of Johannesburg

The training is SETA accredited and learners will be getting stipends during the course of their training. The training also forms part of the students to obtain their qualifications.

MMC for Group Corporate and Shared Services in the City, Cllr Loyiso Masuku and acting principal of the college signed the Memorandum of Understanding as part of the event.

Speaking to students, MMC Masuku has encouraged the beneficiaries to not let anything stand in their way as they are the future.  

“You are the most important people because one day you must be the leaders in this City. Partnerships like this test the commitments that governments make. This is bearing fruit based on the commitments that we made as the governing party led by the executive mayor Cllr Geoff Makhubu,” said Masuku.

She said one of the commitments is empowering young people. The MMC also shared her utmost respect for the work done by TVET (Technical, Vocational Education and Training) colleges like SWC.

“Although I am a graduate from a Technikon, my high school was a technical high school. So I have an appreciation of what it means from an environment where you have to get the skills and the training practically,” she said.

The City has an annual budget of R46 million that has made it possible for over 700 young people to be employed as interns across various departments.

Students from South West Gauteng TVET College who spoke to Mapepeza during the induction ceremony at the Civic Centre in Johannesburg

Some of the benefiting students spoke to Mapepeza on their excitement for getting a chance to work in the City.

Nhlanhla Coka (23) is studying Marketing Management says that he is looking forward to the opportunity to get workplace experience and kickstart his career working in Marketing. Public Management student, Mishack Khoza (26) feels great as this will help him achieve his diploma. He aspires to work in the City as a Head of Department.

Avhatakali Rasilingwana (27) says that he has been dying to get a job and the internship will help him advance his career in Financial Management. “Thank you to the college for educating me and the City for giving us the opportunity to get work,” he said.

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