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What is BB2E?

Breaking Barriers to Entry into Public Service (BB2E) is a programme designed to prepare unemployed graduates to access employment opportunities in the Public Service. The orientation programme is underpinned by values and principles found in Chapter 10 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, (1996). It is aimed at orientating learners to the Public Service, how the Public Service is organised and the way the Public Service functions.

Why breaking barriers to entry into the public service?

The challenge of unemployment among graduates (i.e. those with a post senior certificate qualification) in South Africa is growing at an alarming rate. The Public Service, as the largest employer in South Africa, has responded to this challenge by enabling unemployed graduates to gain experience through a Public Service Graduate Internship Programme.The purpose of the programme is to prepare graduates to access employment opportunities in the Public Service.

Who can participate?

This programme is targeted at graduates with post National Senior Certificate qualifications, as well as newly appointed interns in Government Departments.

How the programme shapes its participants?

The programme shapes young graduates into public service cadres of a special kind.The attributes of such Public Service cadres are:

  • Breaking new  ground: A  public  servant  who  will  be  able  to  make  personal interventions to translate policy into
  • Inspiring success: A public servant who is self-motivated and ready to motivate others to serve the
  • Raising the standard: A public servant who is responsive and capable of giving her/ his best regardless of whether she/he is in the front office or at management
  • Nothing is impossible: A public servant who does not use policy or resource constraints as an excuse for not doing work, but comes up with turn-around strategies to salvage a failing
  • Making a difference to people: A public servant who is always committed, results-oriented and measures the impact of her/his actions against the public’s expectations.
  • Collective responsibility and teamwork:A public servant who believes in partnership, considers the opinion of other colleagues, peers and the public, and is able to network with organs of civil society, community development workers and all other
  • On board: A public servant who is on board is one who owns the processes of service delivery and understands that blame for the failure of the system should be laid squarely on his/her

What are the benefits of BB2E?

  • The programme equips young graduates with the following knowledge, skills and values
  • An ability to understand the South African constitution
  • Understanding of overall government cycle (policy formulation, government programmes, managing public funds, )
  • Better knowledge and understanding of the Batho Pele Principles and how to apply them
  • How to successfully apply for a job in the Public Service
  • How to prepare for job interviews
  • Learn how to conduct yourself in the workplace (professional etiquette)

How is the programme implemented?

The NSG is responsible for the implementation of the programme where participants attend classes over a period of five working days. It uses Department based trainers, ie. Public Servants; to roll out the Programme. Learners can be within the public service or unemployed.After attending, participants will receive a certificate of completion.