by Ciaran Fagan

From studies to the workplace

Finance programme makes graduates employable

Boosting employment for graduates
Internships for graduates

To counteract the growing youth unemployment rate in South Africa,  an annual Graduate Internship Programme, which aims to bridge the gap between academic study and workplace requirements, has been launched.


"As youth unemployment continues to grow in South Africa, it has become clear that the issue is no longer limited to unqualified youth, but many of the qualified graduates in South Africa too,” says Gerrie van Biljon, Executive Director of Business Partners Limited.


He adds that educational internship programmes that provide graduates with more opportunities for work experience are proven to be one of the best methods to combat unemployment. “The private sector needs to embrace and create industry-specific internship programmes in order to boost young individuals’ life chances and build the skills that drive economic growth.”


Biljon explains that the programme offers young, recently qualified graduates with the potential to gain practical work experience and skills in the world of SME finance. “The initial programme comprises of two six-month modules, and if the graduates meet the performance standards after the first year they may apply to continue for a second year. Those accepted will receive a certificate of due diligence competency and if students complete the second year they will receive an official Graduate Internship Programme certificate.”


He says that internship programmes also assist with the various skills shortages challenges the South Africa business sector faces. “Internships can aid businesses across all industries by offering a method to harness fresh talent.


Correctly trained staff are able to perform a wider range of tasks and take on new responsibilities. This can help to reduce skill shortages, minimise staff turnover and workplace accidents, as well as increase productivity.


All recently qualified graduates who hold a business-related degree with sound academic results are encouraged to apply for the programme. Applications can be submitted via the careers page of the Business Partners Limited website ( until the end of November 2012.

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