About 2000 grade 9 learners from different schools in Alexandra attended the first day of the career expo currently underway at the Alexsan Kopano community centre in Alexandra.
The inaugural career expo which was officially opened by the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Economic Development, Councilor Sharon Peetz will run until Wednesday, 19 October 2016.
Over two days the event, which is set to be hosted annually, will see employers, recruiters, and schools give information to potential employees. The Information that will be exchanged will be on opportunities that exist amongst the employers.
Clr Peetz said, “Our aim is to achieve effective engagement, participation and promote public-private partnerships, which we consider crucial in attaining our desired goals and objectives. We aim to positively influence, direct and mould the career decisions that are taken by the youth”
She added, “Investing in our young people by providing better school education for all, especially at secondary school level, by reducing dropout rates and increasing the rates of those that make it through, by equipping them with advanced skills and post-school education, by providing employment, and by making them more aware of the long-term consequences of risky health behaviour is of the utmost importance, and an enormous challenge for government and the business community.”
This initiative seeks to improve the way career knowledge is shared and communicate how opportunities can be assessed by the youth.
The idea around the careers expo is to link corporates to the people and in this case the Youth and the young. We want to expose the youth to different career opportunities, paths and industries that exist like the Aviation, Media, Medicine, Marketing, and many others and those industries that most children do not really have the knowledge about such as hospitality and motor industries
About 24 companies are currently exhibiting and providing career guidance to the learners. These companies include Urban Brew studios, Khuphulanani Training Institute, Damelin College, Media Mark, Nedbank, ENS Africa, Gauteng Agriculture department, Alexandra Chess Club, Central Johannesburg College, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, City of Johannesburg HR, various City of Johannesburg entities and departments, Trade 4 Africa / W.I.F.E (Women In Forex and Entrepreneurship) ,NSFAS, Correctional Services ,Services Seta, SACAA and Department of Labour.
“We would like to thank everyone who partnered with us in making this possible. To the learners I urge you to make the right choice and I can see some of you will become business people and will help us fight the high unemployment rate that we are faced with,” concluded Peetz.