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The City is calling on unemployed graduates who possess qualifications in Information and Technology; Cost and Management Accounting and Environmental Health to apply for the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG) programme, a National Treasury funded training programme which offers graduates with a three-year internship opportunity at the City of Cape Town. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is offering unemployed graduates with an 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 next week Friday, 13 September 2019. 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 are in possession of either a National Diploma; BTech or B.Degree in Cost and Management Accounting; Environmental Health or Information Systems and Technology.

The programme exposes graduates to operations within the municipal environment. Various City of Cape Town 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 (i.e. ECSA, SACNASP, SACQSP, PLATO, SACPLAN, SACPCMP, etc.) of each field to provide the desired learning outcomes.

‘It is a privilege to provide these unemployed graduates with an opportunity to enter the job market at this crucial stage of their lives. One of the great aspects of this programme is that it offers graduates with three years of employment at the City of Cape Town. During this time they will gain vital experience that will assist them in launching their careers in these fields.

‘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 the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Sharon Cottle.

Since the inception of this programme, the City has appointed a total of 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 we need to promote and develop 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 the fields of Engineering; Science; Build Environment; Information Technology and Sciences; Finance and Project Management in particular.

The City must plan ahead to replace scarce and critical skills that we may lose in the coming years as employees retire. As such, the transfer of skills and development of new expertise is prioritised.

As cities expand, their 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.

‘The ISDG internship programme is one of the opportunities we offer unemployed residents. Other opportunities include job shadowing, learnerships and apprenticeships, as well as skills development programmes,’ said Councillor Cottle.

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 added advantage for applicants. Applicants can apply via SMS by sending ISDG to 33002 .

For any queries applicants may contact or visit the City’s website for information.

The closing date for all applications is 13 September 2019.

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