The Western Cape Government creates laws for and provides services to the people of the Western Cape. It works closely with the National Government of South Africa and municipalities in the Western Cape to ensure that the citizens of the province have access to the services, facilities and information they need. The Western Cape Government is committed to delivering an open opportunity society for all.
The Western Cape Government consists of 13 departments, with one of them named the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). The Western Cape Education Department seeks to ensure that all learners of the Western Cape acquire the knowledge, skills and values they need to lead fulfilling lives, and to contribute to the development of the province and the country. The Department champions quality education for every child, in every classroom, in every school in the Western Cape.
The Department divides the Western Cape into 8 education districts, and educates more than a million learners each year, with a staff of around 35,000 educators.
The Department is responsible for education at all levels, including:
- Early childhood development
- General education and training
- Further education and training
eLearning with the WCED
The way learners access and absorb information has changed significantly over the past decades. They want lessons that are interactive, engaging and fun. Technology allows educators to adopt eLearning as a teaching pedagogy by using different apps, images, videos and other online resources to enhance the traditional ways of teaching and keep learners engaged.
The WCED feels the need to expose its learners to technology. ICT skills are no longer optional – they are basic skills for functioning in society. For today’s generation of learners to prosper in the world of tomorrow and become contributors to the 4th industrial revolution rather than just passive bystanders, they need to benefit from the opportunities that eLearning provides.
WCED eLearning Graduate Internship Program
The Western Cape Education Department is offering an opportunity for graduate students to join the eLearning Graduate Internship Program at the Department. The Graduate Internship Program is a youth program, focusing on ages 20 to 35, established to provide an opportunity to gain practical work experience for a period of 24 months. Throughout the period of this Graduate Internship Program, successful candidates will receive a monthly stipend of R 6,083.70. Women and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply for the program.
Within the WCED Graduate Internship Program, interns will be given certain duties. They are accounted to demonstrate their best performance and take responsibility of all that they are entrusted to do during the entire period of the program. The duties of the interns participating in the WCED Graduate Internship Program are as the following:
- Office Management and Technology: This includes general office duties, such as: answering phone inquiries; taking minutes during meetings; managing databases and inputting information, data and records; organizing and setting up / breaking down conference rooms and/or training venues. Interns performing this duty will be working at the head office, district or within schools to support eLearning administration.
- Projects Management: This duty includes: assisting project managers to prepare files, documents related to projects, and; collecting and collating data to track performance or efficiency. Interns performing this duty will be placed at the head office, district or within schools to support eLearning projects.
- Information Technology: This duty includes supporting the IT staff in software, hardware, cloud services and all other technology tasks and issues. The duty also includes researching on new trends and software related to the eLearning environment. Interns given this duty will be placed at the head office, district or within schools to support eLearning projects.
Eligibility Requirements for the WCED Graduate Internship Program
There are certain requirements that applicants must meet to be eligible to apply for the WCED Graduate Internship Program. These minimum requirements are as follows:
- Be a South African citizen with valid identity document
- Be aged at least 20 and no older than 35
- Hold a 3-year diploma or degree (NQF Level 6 or 7) in one of the following areas: Office Management and Technology; or Project Management or Information Technology
- Holding a valid driver’s license would be an advantage
- Be a computer literate – able to use MS Office Package (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint), e-mail system, and the internet
- Possess interpersonal and listening skills
- Have the ability to gather and process information
- Have good written and verbal communications skills in two official languages of the Western Cape
Women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.
Applying for the WCED Graduate Internship Program
In order to participate in the WCED Graduate Internship Program, there is a certain process that you must go through. This starts with applying online for the opportunity and ends with passing all of the selection process to the end.
Start the journey by using the following link to apply online for the WCED Graduate Internship Program: https://forms.gle/y3oYf5xbqcccj72M6. On this page, you will be required to register as a user and subsequently create a profile.
Once you have finished creating your profile online, view available vacancies and select the vacancy you wish to apply for. In this case, find one written as ‘Graduate Internship Program’. After selecting the vacancy, you will be required to create a cover letter, explaining “Why I apply for this post”. Once this is completed, click ‘Apply’ and review your profile.
The information you need to have ready that will assist you with your online application includes the ones mentioned below:
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) with active and up-to-date contact information
- South African ID number
- A maximum of 3 referees
- SARS Tax Number
When applying for the program, applicants must electronically submit the following completed documents:
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Z83 form – obtainable from any government department or click the link: Z83 application form
- Certified copy of the relevant qualification
- Certified copy of the South African bar-coded ID book or South African ID card
- Academic results certified by the academic institution
All of the mentioned documents above must be electronically submitted to: Mandiso.Jonas@westerncape.gov.za
Please note that faxes and certified copies older than 3 months will not be accepted. The WCED will not be held responsible for any costs relating to relocation, subsistence and traveling. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. Kindly accept that, if you do not hear from the WCED by February 15, 2020, your application was unsuccessful.
Applications for 2020/2021 intake will be closed on January 17, 2020.
For more information on the WCED Graduate Internship Program, visit WCED’s Vacancies web page. Send your inquiries via e-mail to Ms. Mandiso Jonas Mandiso.Jonas@westerncape.gov.za, or call 021 467 2674.