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Do Justice Department Internships Exploit the Youth Now?

Justice Department Internships. The Justice Department incorrectly and in contradiction of the legislation, refers to Internships as Learnerships. These are the things that get under my skin as they mislead people and waste their time.

Justice Department Internships for Unemployed Youth

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Does the Justice Department take advantage of unemployed youth now?!

Justice Department Learnerships for TVET Graduates are Internships

I found the “learnerships” listed below being advertised by the Office of the Chief of Justice. I think by now the incompetence from within our judiciary is legendary. The latest vacancy list is just another piece of evidence against them. Learnerships and internships are very different.

The Justice Department incorrectly refers to learnerships as internships. A learnership is a legally defined term and the experience results in a qualification. Yet the DPSA Learnership Vacancy list does not include a relevant learnership qualification because it’s actually an internship. The positions advertised as “TVET Learnerships” all require an N6 qualification and specifically call for TVET graduates. It follows that the Chief Of Justice requires a team that knows how to use terminology correctly because this learnership advert wouldn’t stand a chance in court!

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DPSA Advertises Government Learnerships: Justice Department Internships Advert

DoJ Internships Are Questionable: Obstruction of Justice For Youth

The duration norm for internships is 3-6 months. Thereafter, if an employer likes the intern, they are hired and paid a salary according to policy. An 18-month internship is very irrational. If an 18-month internship without employment became the new norm, it would result in labour market failure. What qualified unemployed individual can afford to work for minimum pay for a year and a half? It is irrational, but because the employer is advantaged, it is exploitative.

Extended Justice Department Internships For Unemployed Youth

Employers don’t like hiring inexperienced youth. Largely because they don’t know enough about what their productivity is worth. Although the advert says 18-35, we know most unemployed adults can’t afford to work for R4500 for 18 months. at least on a learnership, when you make the sacrifice, you leave with a qualification. But after completing this 18 month internship you could walk away with nothing but experience to add to your CV. and then face unemployment all over again. So is this worth it?

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Who Can Afford the Justice Department Internships?

When wages are low, we can assume the Department wants to attract those who are severely disadvantaged through a lack of experience and opportunity. Because some of us have very little social capital, we don’t talk to the right people, or have the right connections to get to the right people. We have very little power as we don’t know how to harness what social capital we have. So opportunities like these internships, do actually help someone.

Those who are advantaged through experience and support systems will wait until something better comes along. But those who sign up probably enjoy very few privileges in life and will be able to make sacrifices to survive this brutally long internship.

The Problems with the Justice Department Internships 2024

  1. We expect the Justice department to use terms according to their correct legal context.
  2. A learnership is not and never will be an Internship. They are completely different interventions, read why here.
  3. Internships are not 18 months long, such duration is unfair for the intern, given their qualification level.

Therefore, I find their advert to be an obstruction of justice. It is confusing, and misleading and promotes youth exploitation.

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2024 TVET Learnerships at the Office of the Chief Justice are Internships

The government circular states that the Office of the Chief Justice extends an invitation to qualified TVET graduates for participation in the 2023/2024 Work Integrated Learning programme. An internship is generally accepted to be a work-integrated learning programme (WIL) yet it also isn’t. Work-integrated learning is a structured experience where outcomes are measurable.

Therefore internships provide a unique opportunity for dynamic individuals to gain practical experience in their respective fields.

Basic Requirements of Applicants for Justice Department Learnerships 2024

Here are the application details:

  • N6 certificate from a Public TVET college as the highest qualification at entry.
  • Unemployed graduates who have not participated in an internship program previously.
  • Age range: 18–35 years.
  • South African Citizenship.

Justice Department Internships: Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of the Chief Justice is an equal-opportunity employer and also encourages persons with disabilities to participate. Preference is therefore given to candidates aligning with departmental Employment Equity goals.

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List of 9 Justice Department Internships

Getting into government is a good idea. If you can survive this internship and then land a permanent position you will be set for life. (If that’s your goal.)

1. Justice Department Learnerships: Public Management/Administration

  • Ref No: TVE/01/OCJ (X1 Post)
  • Duration: 18 Months
  • Stipend: R4,500 per month
  • Centre: Polokwane High Court
  • Requirements: N6 in Public Management/Administration and Office Administration
  • Enquiries: Technical/HR – Ms F Mathobela Tel No: (015) 495 1758

2. Justice Department Learnerships: Financial Management

  • Ref No: TVE/02/OCJ (X1 Post)
  • Duration: 18 Months
  • Stipend: R4,500 per month
  • Centre: National Office: Midrand
  • Requirements: N6 in Financial Management/Accounting, Cost and Management Accounting
  • Enquiries: Technical – Mr M Mbele Tel No: (010) 493 2538, HR – Ms A Nthompe Tel No: (010) 493 2689
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3. Justice Department Learnerships: Public Management/Administration

  • Ref No: TVE/03/OCJ (X1 Post)
  • Duration: 18 Months
  • Stipend: R4,500 per month
  • Centre: Thohoyandou High Court
  • Requirements: N6 in Public Management/Administration and Office Administration
  • Enquiries: Technical/HR – Ms F Mathobela Tel No: (015) 495 1758

4. Justice Department Learnership – Human Resource Management

  • Ref No: TVE/04/OCJ (X1 Post)
  • Duration: 18 Months
  • Stipend: R4,500 per month
  • Centre: East London (Provincial Services Centre)
  • Requirements: N6 in Human Resource Management
  • Enquiries: Technical/HR – Mr S Mponzo Tel No: (043) 726 5217

5. Justice Department Learnerships: Public Management/Administration

  • Ref No: TVE/05/OCJ (X1 Post)
  • Duration: 18 Months
  • Stipend: R4,500 per month
  • Centre: East London Provincial Services Centre
  • Requirements: N6 in Public Management/Administration and Office Administration
  • Enquiries: Technical/HR – Mr S Mponzo Tel No: (043) 726 5217

6. Justice Department Learnership: Public Management/Administration

  • Ref No: TVE/06/OCJ (X1 Post)
  • Duration: 18 Months
  • Stipend: R4,500 per month
  • Centre: High Court, Makhanda
  • Requirements: N6 in Public Management/Administration and Office Administration
  • Enquiries: Technical/HR – Mr S Mponzo Tel No: (043) 726 5217

7. Justice Department Learnership: Public Management/Administration

  • Ref No: TVE/07/OCJ (X1 Post)
  • Duration: 18 Months
  • Stipend: R4,500 per month
  • Centre: National Office
  • Requirements: N6 in Public Management/Administration and Office Administration
  • Enquiries: Technical – Mr M Mbele Tel No: (010) 493 2538, HR – Ms A Nthompe Tel No: (010) 493 2689
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8. Justice Department Learnership: Financial Management

  • Ref No: TVE/08/OCJ (X1 Post)
  • Duration: 18 Months
  • Stipend: R4,500 per month
  • Centre: Gauteng Provincial Service Centre
  • Requirements: N6 in Financial Management, specializing in Accounting, Cost and Management Accounting, Entrepreneurship & Business Management
  • Enquiries: Technical/HR – Ms T Mbalekwa Tel No: (010) 494 8515

9. Justice Department Learnership – Human Resource Management

  • Ref No: TVE/09/OCJ (X1 Post)
  • Duration: 18 Months
  • Stipend: R4,500 per month
  • Centre: Gauteng Provincial Services Centre
  • Requirements: N6 in Human Resource Management, specializing in Personnel Management, Entrepreneurship & Business Management
  • Enquiries: Technical/HR – Ms T Mbalekwa Tel No: (010) 494 8515

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