Thousands of high school learners are participating in career expos around the city, in the build-up to the city-wide expo later this year. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town’s Social Development Department is hosting more than 3 000 Khayelitsha learners this week in the latest in a series of career expo events.
The expo is being held today and tomorrow in partnership with the Khayelitsha Education Forum, Khayelitsha libraries, the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme, and Ikamva Youth. Over the course of the expo, Grade 12 learners from 20 schools will interact with a number of exhibitors about potential career choices.
The expo is one of eight being held across Cape Town, culminating in the main city-wide expo in June 2017. The aim is to provide young people with access to services, opportunities, and support around potential career choices, while also seeking to help them identify which career paths they are best suited to.In 2016, a similar series of career expos reached more than 5 000 young people across the city and indications are that the footprint of the 2017 series will be even larger.
‘Some young people might think that they already know exactly what line of work they want to be in, but the career expos could point them in a direction they never thought possible. In today’s world, many people are finding themselves doing jobs that no one has done before. The young people passing through our expos might find themselves being part of an entirely new industry or helping to create new industries.
‘There is a dire need for job creation in South Africa. The statistics paint a bleak picture, particularly for young people. Introducing them to available career opportunities and preparing them for the working world is only part of the equation. We as a country need to grow our existing businesses and industries and attract new ones if we are going to see meaningful work being created for the unemployed,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
The career expos allow learners to interact with representatives from prospective technical and vocational education and training colleges, universities, City of Cape Town line departments, and private colleges about career prospects suited to their qualifications, skills and interests.
In addition, learners are able to complete online computer-based PACE Career Development Assessments to help determine which careers they would be best suited for.
‘I encourage young people to grab this opportunity with both hands. Even if you don’t find your dream career at the expo, at the very least it could inspire you to think differently about life after school and the possibilities that exist out there.
‘This initiative strikes at the heart of a number of the transformational priorities of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. By exposing young people to career and work opportunities and inspiring them to reach higher, we are building safer communities, ensuring economic inclusion, and further cementing Cape Town’s ever-growing reputation as a forward-looking and globally competitive business city,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo.