Deciding what subjects to take at the end of Grade 9 is an important life decision, but it isn’t easy to know that early on what you want to do when you’re finished school.
There’s no magic formula, what is important though is that at the start of Grade 9 (even during Grade 8), you start thinking about possible career choices.
Many government departments, such as Basic Education (Funza Lushaka), Social Development, Labour, and Science and Technology, to mention a few, offer educational funding sources such as bursaries to learners who meet certain requirements.
These are bursaries that usually have a work-back condition – in other words, you will be required to work for the number of years for which you received the bursary (or longer).
Some government departments offer post-school education and training opportunities, through colleges and centres for capacity development. Graduates from these colleges are often specifically recruited to work for these government departments.
Although some of these opportunities may require a Grade 12 pass, they may at times have other additional requirements. You will need to find out more about these opportunities at the respective government departments listed below. Also be on the lookout for intake opportunities, which are usually advertised in newspapers.
Please make early enquiries with the different government departments below about the opportunities they offer.
There are several qualifications offered by nursing colleges. These include:
For a list of registered nursing colleges, visit the SNAC website or call 012 420 1035/1045
If you wish to train to be a police officer visit your nearest police station for more information or call the national office on 012 393 1000 or visit the SAPS website.
This department occasionally advertises training opportunities for correctional officers. If you are interested in a career of this nature, you can also keep an eye out for advertisements in the newspapers.
Trained correctional officers may have an opportunity to be permanently employed upon completion of their training.
For further information call 012 307 2227 or visit the DCS website.
The Department of Defence offers a variety of training and employment opportunities in the army, the navy, the air force and the military health services. You can also serve as a reservist in the defence force. Be on the lookout for the department’s next intake or call:
Temporary work opportunities exist in the Expanded Public Works Programme. Participants receive training in a variety of areas depending on what projects are being implemented in different areas often through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant.
For more information call your local municipality or the department on 012 406 1000 or visit the EPWP website.
There are opportunities offered through Community Work Programmes in different municipalities. Visit your nearest local municipality for more information.
Alternatively call the national office on 012 334 0600 or visit the COGTA website.
This department provides career and job seeking related information and other important information. Visit your nearest labour centre or visit the Department of Labour’s website or call 012 309 4048/4662. There are many opportunities on offer, this is only meant to help give you a head start as you look for employment and training opportunities after Matric.
There are also a number of organisations and companies, such as the Rural Education Access Programme (REAP), mining companies, law firms, accounting firms, and entities such as Telkom, ESKOM and CSIR, to mention a few, that also offer bursaries to high achieving and deserving learners.
They may require that you “pay back” the bursary by working at their organisation once you have completed your studies, but this is a plus as you gain work experience and have a guaranteed job after you have completed your studies.