The City of Cape Town is offering graduates training internships to help with skills development and get a headstart in their working career. Internships can be a great way for a graduate to get experience in a field of work they are interested in pursuing a long term career. 

The City is particularly looking for students that have completed a qualification from a university of technology as the skills are likely to be more transferable for the work involved. 

In order to apply for the role, gradues will need to have a national diploma or degree. Depending on the individual circumstances the programme may be either full-time or part-time.

What is the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant?

The internship offered by the City of Cape Town is part of the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG). This grant has been aimed to help students with registering with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) in a number of fields of study.

Internships that fall under the ISDG are aimed at engineering and science graduates. It provides students with access to a variety of science and engineering fields, and helps those looking to become registered as Technologists, Professional Natural Scientists, Technicians or Professional Engineers.

As this is a technical position, graduates will need to have one of the following diplomas / degrees. BSc Eng; BSc Hons; MTec;, MSc; PhD; BTech; M Eng qualification in one of the following:

  • Civil/Chemical/Mechanical/Electrical or Industrial Engineering
  • Planning
  • Environmental Science
  • Materials Science
  • Microbiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Virology
  • Chemical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geochemistry
  • Hydrology

Find out more about the ISDG programme here.

What is the Skills Programme?

This Skills programme is a slightly different internship aimed at those in possession of Grade 9, 10 or 11, or a National Senior Certificate (NSC). However, it still aims to provide exposure and structured practical learning opportunities.

Learn more about the Skills Programme.

What is Work Integrated Learning?

This Work Integrated Learning programme is for students that have a National Certificate – N6. This on-the-job training combines both academic learning with the  practical experience that takes place in the workplace. The programme is structured in a way that the work experience provides some real learning outcomes and is a specific requirement to obtain a formal qualification.

Find out more about the Work Integrated Learning.

This programme has a quarterly intake of candidates during the financial year.

The City of Cape Town job portal, called CityConnect, will frequently add new roles and positions available across different departments. If you are interested in applying for a job at the City you can search for the available roles on  CityConnect.

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