What is the Gauteng City-Region Academy?
The Gauteng City-Region Academy (GCRA) is a sector of the Gauteng Department of Education that is responsible for promoting skills development in the Gauteng City Region.
The GCRA accomplishes its skills development plan by facilitating and coordinating learnerships, bursaries, internships, and career guidance programs to ensure that the youth of Gauteng are employable and equipped with marketable skills. The Gauteng City-Region Academy has a database of youth and students. This is so that their basic information is readily available, and they can receive notifications regarding any program that the Gauteng City-Region Academy organizes.
The Gauteng City-Region Academy (GCRA) is open to all graduates and unemployed youth who are between the ages of 18-35, residing in Gauteng to register on the GCRA Database.
If you are interested in registering on the Database, kindly visit their Job Centre with the following documentation in hand:
• A Detailed CV
• you should have certified copies of your South African Identity Document, relevant qualifications or results as well as
• Proof that you are a resident of Gauteng City.
Online registration and a competency assessment will be conducted during your registration process.
If any internship, learnership, or work vacancy is available, you who have registered on the database will be duly informed.
How to register with the GCRA online
To register with the Gauteng City-Region Academy database, you can do so by following the steps provided in this article:
Step 1: Open your browser on your device
Step 2: use this direct link to access the Gauteng City-Region Academy website www.gauteng.gov.za
Step 3: Click on register
Step 4: fill in the form provided to you. Be sure to fill the required fields.
Step 5: click on the submit button to complete your registration process
As mentioned above, the GCRA provides its registered members with the opportunity to benefit from learnerships, internships, and bursaries. Here is how you can benefit from either of these opportunities:
A learnership is a program that brings together the theoretical part of learning and practical training.
Which tops off with credentials that are listed on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). An individual that is on a learnership will spend time at an establishment of learning to get the theoretical aspects of the course or subject and spend some time in a working environment with the employer.
How does a Learnership work?
The structure and functionality of a learnership are simple; an employer selects the category of learnerships they prefer and gets learners either by publicising the learnership they would like to offer applicants or from the relevant Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA). Interested candidates apply to be a part of the learnership program and undergo the training offered by the employer.
What should I do to participate in a learnership?
To participate in a learnership, it will be needful for you to consider these salient points:
Step 1: You should, first of all, decide what skills you want to acquire and think about what kind of training and job you are looking for.
Step 2: To be better placed, you can register as a work seeker at your nearest Labour Centre. This will help facilitate your connection to potential employers when they recruit for a learnership. You can as well register to be enlisted on the Gauteng City-Region Academy Database.
Step 3: After doing the first and second steps, start looking for employers that offer learnerships. You can contact third-party websites and services to help find which institutions are offering learnerships. You can similarly sort out advertisements in local newspapers or implore family and friends to assist you.
The next opportunity that the GCRA provides, which we will be discussing in this article, is Bursaries. A bursary is a financial grant given to an individual or a group by any educational institution or funding authority. It is usually awarded to enable a student to attend school, university, or college when they might not be able to otherwise. Some awards are aimed at encouraging specific groups or individuals to study.
- To apply for a GCRA bursary, you need to meet the following key requirements:
- You should have a certified copy of your South African ID (by birth)
- You must be a resident of Gauteng to be eligible for the bursary
- You are required to have certified copies of the Matric Certificate and or the latest academic results
- Applicants must have proof of income from a parent(s) or guardian(s) or an affidavit.
- Letter of Motivation(not more than 2 pages)
- Proof of registration or acceptance letter from PSET institution.
How to Apply and Application Details
You can start your application process once you have ensured that all required documents are handy and you meet all eligibility criteria.
- Candidates looking to apply for the bursary can do so by applying online using this direct link: https://gcrabursary.gauteng.gov.za/
- You will be expected to sign up and create an account before you will be able to log in to your account and begin the online application process for the bursary.
Kind reminder, prepare the required documentation to accompany your application:
- Certified copy of Matric Certificate (it should not be older than 3 months) and results if doing a semester course.
- Certified copy of Identity Documents (it should not be older than 3 months)
- Acceptance letter from Institution
- Proof of address (it could be a Water or other utility bills, or an acceptance letter from a traditional leader if you live in a rural area)
- Motivation letter (Indicating why they require and are deserving of financial assistance)
- Proof of parents’ monthly earnings if they are employed (both parents’ salary affidavit).
- The following would be required to submit affidavits:
- If you are a child of a single parent
- If your parents are Unemployed
- If you are under guardianship you must present an affidavit as well as proof of guardianship
- If you are orphaned, you must include death certificates
- Applicants whose surnames are different from parents and/or guardians
The third service that the GCRA provides is internship programs for unemployed youth and students.
What is an Internship?
Internships are very commonly spoken of. Many companies and institutions offer internships to students as well as graduates who are seeking professional and practical experience. An internship is a programme of learning that allows its participants to have work experience in a typical work environment.
It is now common practice for universities to compel students to participate in internships and professional attachments, and the South African government had adopted internships as part of social responsibility initiatives of the Government as a means of addressing the gap that exists between the theoretical part of studies and the practice in South Africa. Like learnerships, internships give students the opportunity to practice what they have learnt in a work environment.
What do you need to qualify for a GCRA internship?
If you are excited about the prospects of getting valuable practical training from the Gauteng City-Region Academy, then you would have to meet the stipulated requirements. If you are a South African Citizen, and you are a graduate / and undergraduate who would like to gain experience and expertise through training so that you are in a better position to obtain a particular qualification, here is what you need:
- You should be a graduate who has no prior working experience.
- You must be between the ages of 18 and 35
- You must be a permanent resident of Gauteng
- And a registered member of the GCRA database
For more information:
For any queries about the GCRA bursary programme, please reach the Gauteng City-Region Academy through any of the contact information listed below:
Tel: 0800 000 789 or 011 355 0000
Address: 17 Simmonds Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg, 2000