DSI-National Youth Service Programme

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (NRF-SAASTA), a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF) on behalf of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has the following opportunities;

1. Unemployed science, engineering and technology graduates (18 to 35 years of age), to volunteer their services towards the implementation of the DSI-National Youth Service (NYS) programme  for a period of 12 months. Successful applicants will be deployed to the participating organisations that collaborate with the DSI on the implementation of the Science Engagement Strategy.

2. Unemployed communications or journalism and media graduates (18 to 35) are invited to apply for a 12 months’ Community Service Project and Science Journalism Internship opportunity. Successful applicants will be deployed at the mainstream and community media outlets in specific district municipalities to produce stories for broadcast, online and print media about science, technology and innovation.

DSI-National Youth Service Programme

The Department of Science and Innovation-National Youth Service (DSI-NYS) programme is a component of the government’s overall National Youth Service (NYS) Programme , which was launched in October 2003 as a special presidential initiative to combat the high rates of youth unemployment by giving young people the chance to engage in volunteer work and skill-building opportunities. While simultaneously giving young people the chance to access opportunities for skill development, employment, and income generation, the programme supports local and national development.

To be more specific, the NYS programme aims to: give young people a way out of long-term unemployment by giving them concrete opportunities that increase their likelihood of accessing the economy; instil in young people an understanding of their important role in South Africa’s development, to assist them to participate; and enable young people to develop the skills, knowledge, and ability necessary for them to make the transition to healthy independent adulthood.

The DSI-NYS programme recruits and assigns unemployed graduates to Department of Science and Innovation partner institutions, primarily in the implementation of the science engagement programme. Although the focus is mainly on unemployed graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, there are occasionally a few spots available for graduates in other fields as well. Graduates stay in the programme for a total of 12 months while being paid a monthly stipend to help them with their basic needs. The South African Agency for the Advancement of Science and Technology (SAASTA), a division of the National Research Foundation (NRF), is responsible for managing the DSI-NYS programme. In addition to overseeing the recruitment process, SAASTA also handles the payment of monthly stipends to the participating graduates, as well as serving as the interface between host institutions and the DSI-NYS programme. Furthermore, SAASTA act as a link between the DSI-NYS programme and the host institutions.

It is expected of DSI-NYS programme participants to participate in the programme’s evaluation, which will take the form of exit interviews and a separate tracking process run by the Human Sciences Research Council. Their participation is helpful for the programme’s improvement and for determining whether it is accomplishing its goals.

Mr. MacDonald Kapu

Email : nysprecruitment@saasta.ac.za
Call : (012) 392 9300