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Learners scope out potential future options

The City’s Community, Arts and Culture Development Department did a three-day career expo blitz at high schools in Steenberg, Grassy Park and Mitchells Plain recently, attracting more than two thousand learners from a number of schools in the areas. 

The expos targeted Grade 9 to 12 learners from 11 high schools in the southern suburbs, with 38 exhibitors who talked them through various career options.

At the first event, held at Fairmount Secondary in Grassy Park on 23 April, 681 learners from Fairmount and Grassdale Secondary attended. The following day, 752 learners from Steenberg, Pelican, Sibelius and Crestway High Schools descended on the school hall at Steenberg High.

On the last day, the expo moved to Princeton Secondary in Mitchells Plain, where 731 learners from Westridge, Rocklands, Woodlands,  Cedar and Princeton High Schools attended.

Learners were able to find out about a range of careers, including culinary art, education, Metro Police, environmental management, hospitality and the nursing profession.

 The department runs career expos in communities for learners, as part of their service offering.

 ‘Career expos are part and parcel of the department’s service offering, and we are so happy at the turnout. Making informed choices about your path after school can be daunting at the best of times, and I sincerely hoped that the numerous exhibitors who formed part of this series of expos, were able to help learners obtain a little more clarity, where needed. I also hope that the events helped to inspire and motivate the learners to reach their goals, and made them realise that anyone can pursue a career of choice through hard work and dedication,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health Councillor Van der Ross.

 

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