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By taking on a young person and mentoring them, your organisation will be helping to promote much-needed skills development in our province. At the same time, host employers will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Gain access to skilled students and graduates, who can be groomed to become future employees at no cost to your company;
  • Obtain points on your company’s BEE scorecard;
  • Build partnerships with tertiary education providers, allowing you to work together and better provide for the needs of your industry.

How it works

Educo Africa has partnered with universities and colleges to put together a pool of graduates across a range of disciplines and skill levels.

Employers who are interested in hosting an intern should contact Educo Africa with details of position you would like to fill, and we will help match you with a suitable candidate from the pool.

What to think about

  • How many interns do you want to host? Remember that although interns’ stipends are covered, they still require other resources (e.g. a desk and computer) and a dedicated staff member to mentor them. Make sure your company has the capacity to host an intern!
  • How long do you want to host an intern? It is important that the intern has work for the duration of their time with the host employer. Most internships are 12 months long, but there are also ones that are 18 months (N6-level students) and 24 months (graduates who need to work in order to get their professional accreditation).
  • The vocation of the intern you would like to host: Be clear about the role you would like to fill e.g. HR assistant, electrical engineering graduate, motor mechanic, etc. The better defined the position, the more successful the internship is likely to be.
  • What level of education would be most suitable for this position? We have access to interns with a range of different qualifications and skill levels, from NC(V) level to university graduates.

Programme details

Time frames: Internships range from 12 – 24 months, depending on qualification level of the learner/ graduate you select:

  • TVET NC(V) graduates: 12 months
  • TVET NATED (N6) students: 18 months
  • University of Technology students: 12 months
  • University graduates: 12 months
  • Professional graduates: 24 months

Stipends: The programme covers a monthly stipend amount for the intern, ranging from
R3 000 – R7 000, depending on qualification level of the learner/ graduate you select:

  • TVET NC(V) graduates: R3 000
  • TVET NATED (N6) students: R3 000
  • University of Technology students: R3 500
  • University graduates: R5 000
  • Professional graduates: R7 000

Funding has also been made available to cover interns’ work-readiness training and support materials e.g. tools and uniforms, as well as workplace injury insurance and professional registration fees (where required).

Structure: Educo Africa assumes the role of “lead employer”, and will have the following responsibilities:

  • Recruitment
  • Work-readiness training
  • Payment of stipends and other costs (support materials, workplace injury insurance and professional registration fees)
  • Providing support for interns and mentors
  • Monitoring and evaluation

The host employer will have the following responsibilities:

  • Mentoring of the intern
  • Completing monthly timesheets
  • Students who are doing the internship in order to graduate may also require support with their workplace learning programme requirements e.g. completing a logbook and certain assignments.

We are aiming to start placing interns from June 2017. Please contact Mark Johnston on
markj@educo.org.za if you are interested in participating, or need more information about the programme.