The NCPC-SA’s Internship Programme is a capacity building project aimed at equipping young graduates with greener production skills and experience to contribute to industrial sustainability.
The programme places engineering graduates in companies to evaluate and monitor energy, water and material usage as well as waste management, whilst being mentored by industry experts.
The programme currently focuses on four key industry sectors, namely:
- Clothing, textiles, footwear and leather (the pilot sector for the programme in 2009/10 and 2010/11)
- Chemicals, plastic fabrication, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals
Benefits to participants
This six-month internship programme offers unemployed graduates with engineering qualifications the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the implementation of resource efficiency and cleaner production methodologies and techniques.
Mentoring and training in these scarce and critical skills, as well as six months of on-the-job experience, vastly increases their potential of permanent employment.
Over and above the industrial energy efficiency (IEE) and resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP) skills training, participants are also trained in core workplace skills, including time management, teamwork, project management and business communication, amongst others.
Benefits for host companies
The placement of the trained internship candidates helps to address the skills gap that exists within many companies in terms of greener production.
Host companies enjoy direct benefit from having an on-site individual dedicated to identifying resource and cost-saving opportunities. Participation in the programme also heightens awareness around environmental practices amongst other staff within participating companies.