WC matriculants to start internships

Hundreds of matriculants will work and train while being paid by the Western Cape government.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - More than 700 matriculants of 2012 class will start their internship programmes at several Western Cape government departments in the weeks ahead.

It is part of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's Advancement of Youth Project, aimed at providing youngsters with practical skills and experience in the workplace.

The project was established to tackle the province's high levels of unemployment and poverty.

Zille said the group will receive a stipend while working for a full year.

"Some of them will study further and that's the very interesting thing. They'll work for a year and save money to study further."

The province secured R16 million of funding from National Treasury's Jobs Fund, which will run over the next three years.