SADSTIA announces expanded graduate internship programme

The South African Deep-Sea Trawling Industry Association (SADSTIA) has partnered with the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) to expand the Association’s graduate internship programme, enabling it to provide paid, structured internships for 20 young South Africans in 2019.

The first phase of the SADSTIA internship programme was initiated in April this year when eight graduates were placed at SADSTIA member companies and the Fisheries Branch of the Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries (formerly the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries). These interns are paid a stipend by SADSTIA and managed by WWF through the organisation’s highly successful Graduate Internship Programme.

A further 12 internships were made possible when SADSTIA secured the necessary funding from the TETA.

“We are very excited to have created 12 more opportunities for new graduates,” said Terence Brown, chairman of SADSTIA.

“Over the past decade, SADSTIA members have collaborated very successfully with the TETA. This collaboration enabled the industry to provide paid and structured learnerships to thousands of job seekers. The new partnership takes us in a new direction, but with the same objective – to work together to address youth unemployment.”

The 12 new SADSTIA interns will be placed at SADSTIA member companies and the offices of SADSTIA and its umbrella fishing industry association, FishSA. The interns are newly graduated with a wide variety of qualifications, from human resources to environmental science.