The Water GEP Pilot
In January, the Water Research Commission (WRC), launched a national pilot project targeted at providing 400 unemployed graduates with work exposure and skills development opportunities for a period of four (4) months.
The Water Graduate Employment Programme (Water GEP) has been met with great enthusiasm from graduates and host companies / institutions. Over 1 600 graduates – particularly those with science, environmental and engineering backgrounds – applied to be a part of the programme demonstrating the need on the ground.
Host institutions from academia, private companies, government departments and non- governmental organisations have showed their commitment to the Water GEP through agreeing to absorb graduates.
Graduates receive not only on-the-job training but attend workshops that prepare them for the world of work.
Since the programme start, over 400 graduates have been placed in a variety of organisations nationally – contributing to important research initiatives, participating in the environmental management of our national parks, or educating other learners about STEM careers. Not only have graduates received on-the-job training support but many have attended workshops to prepare them for the world of work.
The Water GEP will come to an end in July 2021. If successful, this programme will continue into the future.