Western Cape Government: Internship Programme 2023/2024

Western Cape Government invites unemployed youth in South Africa to apply for Internship Programme 2023/2024.

Closing Date : 27 January 2023

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape

The Western Cape Government invites matriculants between the ages of 17 – 24 to apply for the First Work Experience Pay Programme 2023

The First Work Experience Pay Programme will provide matriculants with work experience and training within one of the 13 Western Cape Government Departments beginning 1 April 2023 until 31 March 2024. During this time you will receive a monthly stipend to cover your expenses.


Training and development will be provided in the following departments:

  • Department of the Premier;
  • Department of Agriculture;
  • Department of Community Safety;
  • Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport;
  • Department of Economic Development and Tourism;
  • Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning;
  • Department of Health (and Wellnes);
  • Department of Transport and Public Works (Mobility);
  • Department of Local Government;
  • Department of Social Development;
  • Department of Human Settlements (Infrastructure);
  • Provincial Treasury;
  • Western Cape Education Department (WCED).

Please make sure that you have read the different requirements in the PAY Recruitment Guide before you make your choice of preference for a specific Department.


  • You have written a National Senior Certificate exam (NSC) in the Western Cape,
  • Only applicants who passed the final examinations will be considered;
  • You are not going to study further in 2023;
  • You have No Work Experience;
  • You have not already studied after matric;
  • You are a South African citizen and reside in the Western Cape;
  • You are between the ages of 17 and 24;
  • You are not sure of the next step

Why should you apply?

  • You will acquire skills and work experience that will make you more marketable to future employers.
  • You get contactable references on your CV.
  • You will have career awareness exposure to assist you to make informed career choices together with a network to support and guide you.




Only online applications will be considered. Applicants who passed the final examinations will be considered. The final results will be verified with the Western Cape Education Department. Also, other personal information and documentation will be verified in terms of legislation.

Applicants are requested to attach the following documents to their profile:
• Your Curriculum Vitae (preferably in MS Word)
• Your Identity document (ID)
• Your National Senior Certificate (or advice of results)

Please note that the application process consists of 2 (two) phases, the 1st phase, deals with registration and the 2nd phase with the actual application. Phase 1: 1. You must click on “Create Account” 2. Complete the required information and attach all required documents 3. Ensure your profile is complete and select submit to finish the registration process 4. You will receive an e-mail from Western Cape Government Careers to verify your email address, 5. Once you have confirmed your e-mail address, registration is complete. Then to next phase. Phase 2: 6. Find the job and click “APPLY” on the actual job advertisement 7. Complete the application questions and click “submit” 8. You will receive an email confirming that your application has been received Kindly note that technical support is only available from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 16.00 should you experience any difficulties with your online application you may contact the helpline at 086 137 0202. No emailed CV’s will be accepted as an application. Please ensure that you submit your application on or before the closing date of 27 January 2023 as no late applications will be considered. This is due to the selection process which must be completed and the training programme which will commence on 1 April 2023.To avoid possible conflict of interest, we unfortunately will not accept applications from persons whose parents (family members) are employed in a middle or senior management position within the Western Cape Government.

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