The Home Affairs has released details of how it will employ as many as 10 000 young graduates to digitaliise its records beginning from November 2022.
“These unemployed youth should be qualified in Information Technology; Document, Information and Records Management, obtained from Institutions of Higher Learning (Universities, Universities of Technologies, TVETs),” said Home Affairs Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi.
The Department of Home Affairs has more than 350 million civic paper records relating to births, marriages, deaths and amendments.
The category of records date back to 1895, which necessitates care and reliable systems that will bear tolerance for the digitisation purposes.
These records are in all provinces, the bulk of which are in Gauteng, North West and the Western Cape.
Earlier this week on Thursday, the minister said the project to digitalise these records will run over three years, effective from November 2022 until October 2025.
He said successful youth will be paid a stipend ranging from R5 000 for entry level positions to R9 500 for Technical Support level positions and R14 250 for Manager level positions.
“This cohort will be required to sign a three-year contract linked to the duration of the project,” said Dr. Motsoaledi.
He said the department will partner with relevant stakeholders to facilitate training of these recruits.
“Training offered will be relevant to the job for which they are contracted to perform, continuous learning and development interventions will be provided to enhance their employability and/or allow them to leverage on entrepreneurial opportunities beyond the project,’said Dr. Motsoaledi.
“The acquisition of the young unemployed graduates will be done in collaboration with the Department of Employment and Labour.”
The minister said the acquisition process will be undertaken in a phased manner.
Phase 1 – will see recruitment of the first intake of 2 000 unemployed youth graduates. The adverts for this phase will be available from 12 August 2022. This cohort will assume duty on 1 November 2022.
Phase 2 – will see a further recruitment of 4 000 unemployed youth graduates. The adverts for this phase will be placed during October 2022. This cohort will assume duty in January 2023.
Phase 3 – will see a further and last recruitment of 4 000 unemployed youth graduates. The adverts for this phase will be placed during December 2022 and January 2023. This cohort will assume duty in April 2023.
Youth can register and apply online through the DHA and DEL websites.
Those that do not have access to the internet can visit their closest Labour Centre of the Department of Employment and Labour.
The acquisition process will ascribe to the following guiding principles:
· Fair and transparent process;
· Inclusive of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs);
· Accessible to unemployed young graduates across the country;
· This is not an Internship program but rather a programme that addresses youth unemployment;
· The acquisition process will adopt a blended approach wherein applications are received through walk-in centres, Labour Centres and on digital platforms;
“In this month of women, and to honour the heroines of the 1956 march to the Union Buildings, we wish to announce that 60% of the intake will be of young women and only 40% will be young men,” said the minister.
“Parallel to the process of youth acquisition, the Department is also preparing the workstations and sourcing tools required to ensure that they are able to start digitising records in December 2022.”