The long awaited Public Service Graduate Recruitment Scheme is set to be launched this week at the University of Johannesburg by the minister of public service and administration, Ayanda Dlodlo.
The Scheme, approved by Cabinet in December 2017, will offer new graduates work opportunities and training in government departments. The scheme represents another front to push back joblessness in a country with an unemployment rate of 27% – about 40% when using the expanded definition that includes disgruntled job seekers. It comes alongside the ambitious Youth Employment Service (YES).
The initiative is tagged as a response to the recommendation of the National Development Plan (NDP). The NDP stipulates that in order to achieve a professional public service, the state needs to be a career of choice, by attracting the best graduates and youth with potential to its employment service.
The Formal Central Graduate Recruitment Scheme will, among other things, achieve the following:
- Strengthen the talent pipeline for the Public Service’s future capacity especially in scarce occupations and critical areas of service delivery (Technical Skills and Specialist Professions);
- Provide best-practice on existing graduate schemes in the public service and the principles for implementation across the public service;
- Enhance the image and competitiveness and prestige of public employment in the labour market and to improve professionalism in the public service.