City careers expo opportunities

2016-03-10 06:00

THE City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate held a career exposition at the Solomon Tshuku Hall in Khayelitsha on Tuesday on Thursday.

Grade 12 pupils from Siphemandla, Thembelihle and Uxolo high schools took part in the event.

Councillor Suzette Little, mayoral committee member for social and early childhood development, said young people are hardest hit by unemployment.

“The national youth unemployment rate is just under 35%.

“There are a number of reasons for this, including a lack of access to information and opportunities.

“Some young people are simply not ready for work. And many of them drop out of school before completing matric.

“This initiative is part of efforts to curb unemployment.

“The expo aims to show young people what awaits them after high school if they’re prepared to work hard.”

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Northlink and False Bay colleges were among the tertiary institutions providing information at the exposition.

Pupil Abongile Mgidi (18) said after attending the expo, she had decided to become a flight attendant.

She added that the expo also taught her how to apply for financial aid.

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