Thulas Nxesi calls on departments to register young people for internships

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Acting Minister of Public Service and Administration Thulas Nxesi has called on ministries and public entities to enroll young people in internships under the Breaking Barriers to Entry into the Public Service (BB2E) program and the Cadet program.

These programs aim to prepare young people for careers in the public sector and the workplace in general, as the country begins National Youth Month.

The five-day BB2E course and the 18-month Cadet program are offered by the National School of Government (NSG) and target unemployed graduates with post-graduate degrees and trainees from the public sector and statutory bodies.

The BB2E course introduces young people to government and teaches them how government works and strategies for delivering quality public services.

It also teaches them how public funds are administered and managed, how to perform basic administrative and communication functions, the policies and requirements that guide the appointment of people into the civil service, and how to write CVs and prepare to interviews.

In a statement on Monday, Nxesi said the unemployment rate among young college graduates is very high in the country.

“The Public Service, as the largest employer, has responded to this challenge by enabling unemployed graduates to gain experience through the Public Service Graduate Internship and Apprenticeship Program.

“In addition to this, the NSG has introduced the BB2E course and the Cadet program. The aim is to prepare unemployed graduates for employment opportunities in the public sector.

“This is a very important investment in our young people and promotes their development. As we mark National Youth Month, we invite ministries and public entities to enroll young people in these essential development programs,” Nxesi said.

The 18-month cadet program is a sister initiative to the successful Breaking Barriers to Entry into the Public Service initiative and aims to deepen understanding of the public sector, while also covering issues in the wider social entrepreneurial space.

It is composed of four courses/modules which are: Constitution and Administration of the Public Sector, Ethics in Public Service, Writing for Government and Personal Mastery.

The Minister underlined that the Personal Mastery component is particularly important as it covers other generic employability skills that are needed in the public and private sector workspace.

These include self-management, emotional intelligence, job search skills, problem-solving skills, as well as entrepreneurship/creating your own job.

Nxesi said the ultimate goal is to train young graduates into “public service cadres of a particular type”.

The attributes of these public service executives are:

Innovative: A public servant who will be able to make personal interventions to translate policy into action.

Inspirational Success: A motivated public servant willing to motivate others to serve the public.

Raise the standard: A responsive public servant capable of giving the best of himself, whether at the front office or at the management level.

Nothing is Impossible: A public servant who does not use policies or resource constraints as an excuse for not working, but offers turnaround strategies to salvage a failing situation.

Making a difference for people: A public servant who is always engaged, results-oriented and measures the impact of their actions against public expectations.

Collective responsibility and teamwork: A public servant who believes in partnership, takes into account the opinions of other colleagues, peers and the public, and is able to network with civil society bodies, community development workers and all other stakeholders.

On board: A public servant who is on board is one who owns the service delivery processes and understands that the blame for system failure must be placed squarely on their shoulders.

From June 20-24, 2022, 45 officials from different national and provincial departments will participate in a Training of Trainers (TOT) session to be empowered and developed to train young people in personal mastery.

This follows a successful TOT session that was conducted in November 2021, which was attended by 40 officials.

In March 2022, a total of 288 Young Patriots from the National Youth Development Agency and the Ministry of Arts, Sports and Culture completed the Personal Mastery Course.

“The feedback received from NYDA and Department of Arts and Culture learners and officials has been overwhelmingly positive. We therefore encourage departments and entities from all spheres of government to enroll recent graduates (interns) in the cadets,” Nxesi said.

For inquiries and registration, relevant heads of departments should contact the National School of Government Call Center on 0861008326, email [email protected] or visit the website at the address www.thensg.gov.za.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)

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