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graduate thumb100 The Star reports that after many years of calling on private employers to extend employment opportunities to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) college graduates, the Department of Higher Education has led by example.  

Its Graduate Internship Programme has invited TVET graduates to apply for nearly 300 internship posts.  Paid just over R6,000 monthly, the interns will be placed in the department and across its entities including the TVET colleges, National Skills Fund and community colleges.  The programme also has hundreds of internships for university graduates.  The invitation to TVET graduates holding the N6 certificate is groundbreaking as they are rarely provided internship opportunities in both the public and private sectors.  According to data from Statistics SA, the unemployment rate among TVET graduates is 33%, against 7% among university graduates.  A 2017 study called for concerted intervention to reduce the shockingly high unemployment of TVET college graduates.  Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, previously complained that TVET graduates “do not get the kind of workplace exposure they desperately need” and said “this has to be corrected’’.  Nzimande hopes departments and SOEs will now consider TVET graduates.  Graduates have until 7 February to apply for the Higher Education Department internships.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bongani Nkosi on page 2 of The Star of 15 January 2020

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