The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure participates in the Free State provincial bursary scheme. Information can be obtained from the websites of the provincial Department of Education and the Department of the Premier.The Department has almost 157 full-time bursary holders who are actively pursuing degrees and diplomas at tertiary institutions in mostly scarce skills occupational fields. A definite requirement of all tertiary institutions is that students should undergo a minimum period of 13 to 16 weeks practical experience during their studies before they can obtain a diploma or degree. This exposure to the world of work can be divided into voluntary holiday work or compulsory experiential training also called a student internship.
A number of the Department’s full-time bursary holders participate in voluntary holiday work at directorates relevant to their study fields. In some cases relating to compulsory experiential training arrangements were made to accommodate students at private institutions where they could experience specific parts of their curricula in a real life environment, for example students studying in heavy current electrics were placed at Centlec.All students are responsible to keep record of their practicals and for this purpose a logbook is kept.
At the end of their studies the academic university or university of technology will scrutinize their work experience and degree of exposure and decide whether the student gained sufficient experience to qualify. This initiative also contributes to required practicals upon completion of a degree or diploma regarding internship programs with a view to professional registration.Upon completion of their studies graduates are automatically absorbed into the department and placed at a directorate where they can further expand on their valuable experience and plough it back into the scarce occupational fields.