This year’s Soweto Career Day and Expo will offer young South Africans invaluable opportunities to network with a variety of job recruiters and find out more about learnerships and graduate-placement programmes at local firms.
LEARNERS and unemployed youthwill get the opportunity to learn more about the South African job market and specialised vocations at the annual Soweto Career Day and Expo, which takes place at the Orlando Community Hall on 4 and 5 May.
Kgupi GunguluzaKgupi Gunguluza, project director at Careers IncAlthough the event will target learners from grades 10 to12, students from tertiary institutions and unemployed South Africans are also encouraged to attend, according to Kgupi Gunguluza, the project director of expo organisers Careers Inc.
In partnership with the City of Johannesburg, Careers Inc hopes the expo will help develop a breed of productive young people who will become mainstream economic contributors.
A range of government agencies, corporate companies and non-profit organisations will share information about possible career opportunities at the two-day event.
The Department of Labour, South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, Monash University, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, National Youth Development Agency, PC Training and Business College, Love Life and the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa will be among the exhibitors at the expo.
The City’s entities such as Joburg Water and Joburg Zoo will also be represented at the event to give information about possible careers in their spheres of influence.
City departments will offer career opportunitiesCity departments will offer career opportunitiesSince its inception in 2004 in Soweto, the career expo has proven a great success and has been taken to townships around the country, according to Gunguluza.“The expo gives companies a unique chance to meet over 10 000 youths, helping them to recruit youth for learnerships and graduate placements,” he says.
The expo combines exhibits by prospective employers with workshops and presentations. It also facilitates direct personal interaction with employers in specific fields of work.
“Learners are advised about career-related issues, including which subjects they need to take to qualify to study in their field of interest.
“This enables ongoing interaction between learners and potential employment agencies, creating an important information platform in the process,” says Gunguluza.
The event will open at 8am on 4 and 5 May.
Exhibitors who have not yet booked their place are encouraged to contact the organisers immediately. For more information contact Careers Inc project director Kgupi Gunguluza on 011 039 3088.
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