GRAAFF-REINET NEWS — A career expo was held in Graaff-Reinet last week and saw a staggering amount of local school learners receiving access to first-hand information on their future career choices.
Over 30 exhibitors, including public universities, TVET colleges, government departments, private institution and sector education and training authorities (SETA) were seen at the expo.
The exhibition spanned over three days and visited Cookhouse, Aeroville, Somerset East, Pearston, Aberdeen and Willowmore as well.
Natasha Peterson from the local Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) office said the purpose of the career exhibition is to expose learners and unemployed youth to the wide variety of career opportunities available to them.
“The exhibition also allows them the opportunity to engage with the institutions and ask questions, get information such as bursary information, get application forms or brochures,” said Peterson.
Peterson said one of the major focuses is to get Grades 8,9 and 10 learners to start thinking about careers to help them make more informed subject choices and the scores the learners need to achieve to qualify for their respective careers.
The deputy minister of the department of higher education and training, Buti Manamela in 2014 launched a career guidance expo with TVET colleges running over a month-period.
He said the month of August will be dedicated to engaging communities about programmes and career pathways available in TVET Colleges.
Activities for the month will be targeted at Grade 9 to 12 learners, NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) youth, college students and industry.
All colleges are encouraged to organise their own events during TVET Month and invite prospective students.
"As we significantly invest in the TVET sector, we are also working towards better quality TVET programmes and strengthening college performance. We want to see more stable, functional, better governed TVET colleges that offer high quality programmes," said Manamela.
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