ASSOCIATED MEDIA PUBLISHING INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
Associated Media Publishing recognises the need to reconsider and restructure its internship programme. The original intent of our programme, to offer young people valuable work experience, and the historic positive
results achieved from it have been undermined by questions about the travel allowance and our overall remuneration package.
We have taken the decision to embark on an in-depth process to understand the issues surrounding internships in our sector, and to consider how we can provide access to opportunities for young people who are denied them due to their social and economic circumstances.
We have also appointed an experienced senior strategist, Leora Rajak, who has advised several of South Africa’s listed companies on improving and broadening the impact of their transformation strategies. Together, we will be assessing the most appropriate way to provide real exposure and a meaningful work experience for young people wishing to enter our sector.
This includes evaluating how many opportunities we can offer, for what duration, and what the appropriate remuneration should be. We are mindful of the need to ensure that our staff who will be supporting and mentoring the graduates are able to invest in their training and provide the time and genuine opportunities for real learning.
In parallel, we are engaging with specialists tackling the problems of Youth unemployment in order to establish best practice in sourcing, training and remunerating young people in entry level jobs. We are also engaging with the SETA and other accredited organisations to design pathways for these graduates maximising the numbers that can be converted into permanent jobs in our organisation, and lining up alternatives for those who don¹t match our needs, but can use their newly acquired skills and work experience to attain employment elsewhere. We will announce our new programme, and begin recruiting for it, by May 31 2016.
In the meantime, we will honour the current internships until May 31 and encourage these interns to re-apply once the new internship programme is running.
For further information contact the Associated Media Publishing HR Manager, Ebrahim Damoes firstname.lastname@example.org