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Youth explore career options


LEARNERS in the deep south of Johannesburg will have an opportunity to interact with major employers and executives at the Orange Farm Career Day on 6 October.

It will be held at the Orange Farm Multipurpose Centre, and is aimed at exposing youngsters in the area, particularly high school learners, to various career options.

Companies exhibiting on the day will provide insight into their industries. There will also be information on what courses are critical for learners and students to focus on, and which fields of work lack skills. It intends to be an eye-opening experience.

Industries that will be represented on the day include information and communication technology, construction and engineering, mining, minerals and energy, banking, investment and financial services, hospitality and tourism, and transport, as well as careers in government.

The objective is to facilitate person-to-person interaction between employers in specific fields and the youth regarding careers and related issues, as well as to create an information platform for young people to broaden their horizons in terms of career goals and options.

Training institutions and employment agencies will also be there. Learners between grades 10 and 12 are expected at the career day, as well as tertiary students and unemployed school-leavers.

Orange Farm was once one of the largest informal settlements in South Africa, with an estimated population of one million people. With various developments in progress, it has turned into a thriving township. A facelift in recent years has resulted in the addition of a library, a multi-purpose community centre, paved roads, permanent housing, electricity, a clinic, and an information centre with internet access.