Young unemployed youth from Umhlabuyalingana from left are Sthembiso Khumalo, Lindokuhle Ndlovu, Sakhile Mthembu and Fano Mabaso.

The department of Public Service and Administration is collaborating with all spheres to drive the advocacy to attract more young graduates to work into the public service.

Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga made the announcement during her visit in Mhlabayulingana in northern Kwazulu-Natal on Monday.

“The department continues to partner with various other agencies of government such the Department of Higher Education and Training, Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), municipalities, other national and provincial governments as well as other State entities to drive the advocacy to attract more graduates and youth into the public service employment.

“We do not just take those who have completed, but we encourage through policy that departments do all in their powers within the available resources to support those who come from under privileged families by offering bursaries and scholarship.

“Many of the youth from the previously disadvantaged communities still do not access the high skills professions in finance and economics, building environment, legal, medicine and science due to the costs required to complete such training,” she said.

The Deputy Minister is embarking on a nation-wide citizen engagement programme she is championing as a Career Guidance and Exhibition in rural communities targeting unemployed graduates to consider working in the public service sector.

Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga (centre) flanked by the mayor of Umhlabuyalingana, Mr NS Mthethwa (left) and the Council Speaker Busisiwe Tembe (right).

Through career guidance programmes, Ms Chikunga said the DPSA is active in promoting its internship, learnership, apprenticeship, graduate recruitment schemes and other related youth development programmes.

As part of the Public Service Human Resource Development Strategic Framework, she said as a department they have identified a number of policy interventions.

These include a Formal Graduate Recruitment Scheme Framework, directive on the appointment of persons, in particular the youth, into developmental programmes such as internship, learnership, apprenticeship within the public service.

She further said the other directives include the removal of requirement for a minimum work experience to be appointment into entry-level posts in the public service.

According to the Deputy Minister, the programmes are aimed at ensure that the supply of skills in each department is more directly managed so as to enable the public service to maintain a sufficient and capable skills base; contribute to the alleviation of high levels of unemployment especially among South African youth; removal of unjustifiable barriers to entry into the public service; and promotion of skills development and empowerment of new recruits in the public service.

The National Development Plan (NDP) directs government to undertake various interventions to build a capable state, which is professional, ethical and development-oriented in order to meet citizens’ expectations for service delivery.

One such intervention is making the public service a career of choice, by attracting graduates with technical and specialist professional skills as well as youth with potential, into the public administration employment.