Learners taught about industry

2015-10-15 06:00

Learners from Langa and Khulani High Schools taking a tour of N2 Gateway development.

Learners from Langa and Khulani High Schools taking a tour of N2 Gateway development.

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The Property and Construction Sector Charter Council (PSCC) together with the departments of Human Settlements and Public Works held a Careers Week to create interest among learners about the career opportunities in the industry.

The aim of the event is to create a platform for learners to find out as much as possible about the industry by engaging with professionals from various representative bodies, so that they can understand more about the property and construction industries and about available career options in the two sectors.

About 200 learners, drawn from Langa, Khulani, Umyezo , Inkwekwezi, Sarepta and Iqhayiya High Schools, including Proteus Technical School, attended the two day event. This career week event is in its fourth year. Last year’s event attracted 80 learners from township high schools in Soweto, Thembisa and Alexandra and they shared detailed information about the two industry’s professional and income opportunities from industry experts and practitioners.

On the second day of the event Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi addressed the learners.

He said both the property and construction industries have historically battled with broad representation and participation of women and black people.

“I am happy that the sector charters have prioritized the intake of youth ad women into the industries’ professions and value chains,” said Nxesi.

According to the chief executive officer of the PSCC, Portia Tau-Sekati, the event was a huge success.

“The first day of the career guidance events focused on a broad overview of what the property and construction sector is about.

“Learners got to learn about tertiary institutions that offer property and construction studies in the various criteria for acceptance in those faculties,” she said.

Tau-Sekati said learners were “exposed to the departments of government and regulators in the sectors that make use of property and construction knowledge and offer property-related jobs.

Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) head Thabo Masombuka believes that “career guidance initiatives such as these ones are a significant and critical step in developing that future pipeline that enhance the growth of the industries and foster broad economic transformation in South Africa”.

Masombuka also said more industry players should be involved in the project, and emphasised the need to ensure that major enterprises in both industries increase their intake of youngsters and nurture them into possible careers available. This he said this will broaden the levels of participation and increase transformation

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