Pretoria — The Gauteng Department of Labour, together with its counterpart in health, is offering hundreds of unemployed residents the opportunity to sign up for nursing courses.
The provincial Labour Department has through its Public Employment Service Unit, teamed up with the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development, to recruit applicants for nursing opportunities.
"The actual collaboration involving the two departments will see in excess of 800 out-of-work individuals signed up for a four-year nursing diploma course which will consist of theoretical and practical training in various hospitals in and around Gauteng province. The successful candidates will receive a stipend while on training," the Gauteng Department of Labour said on Tuesday.
The minimum requirements for applicants are a Senior Certificate with a D symbol for higher grade English or a C for standard grade; alternatively a National Senior Certificate with four points in English and four other 20 credit subjects with at least three points (excluding Life Orientation and English).
If an applicant has successfully completed at least one year's post-Grade 12 education, the English symbols are not taken into consideration. The applicant then qualifies to progress to the second stage of the selection process and has to write an assessment.
Applicants who are in Grade 12 this year are required to submit a Grade 11 report or their first term Grade 12 report to Gauteng Department of Health.
Applicants employed by the department are exempted from English proficiency and score calculations.
Prospective candidates have from 1 March to 30 April to submit their applications.
Candidates, who qualify according to their academic requirements, will be psychometrically assessed.
Those with the required results will then be referred to the Gauteng Department of Health for interviews - the final selection phase.
The application form, which can be obtained from any of the 26 Labour centres in Gauteng, should be accompanied by certified copies of a senior certificate, first page of identity document, marriage certificate/divorce order/ affidavit if customary married and proof of address.
Applications can be submitted, at no cost, to Labour Centres in Gauteng on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays up until the 30 April closing date.