Youth introduced to transport industry

2015-10-29 06:00
LEARNERS attending the Transport Career Expo for the Girl Child in Upington last week.  Photo:  Supplied

LEARNERS attending the Transport Career Expo for the Girl Child in Upington last week. Photo: Supplied

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THE Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, encouraged over 500 youths from across the ZF Mgcawu District to seize opportunities in the transport industry and not wait for opportunities to come to them.

The learners, all girls, were attending the Transport Career Expo for the Girl Child in Upington on Monday(19/10) where Peters informed them that they had a lot of potential as the youth of the province and they had to explore opportunities in the industry.

The Transport Career Expo for the Girl Child is a way to expose learners in the Northern Cape to career opportunities, learnerships, bursaries and internships within the transport industry.

The learners got an opportunity to explore the exhibition stands with various activities.

The MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Martha Bartlett, also highlighted the importance transport played in the economy of the province and the opportunities it created in the province.

Bartlett said the Transport Career Expo for the Girl Child should be seen as testimony that government is committed to address the social challenges the country is facing.

“This initiative is to create awareness about career opportunities within the transport sector with specific focus on youth development and to expose the students to the importance of the transport sector in the economy of South Africa,” said Bartlett.

“This is a way for government to facilitate an opportunity for students to interact with experienced industry professionals,” Bartlett added.

She said government has placed the issue of education in general and skills development in particular high on the list of its priorities for the next five years.

Bartlett said: “We are of the firm view that a nation with a skilled workforce will always be in a better position to respond to global social and economic challenges of any nature.”

She urged the youth to be “responsible and to make a contribution towards a united, non-sexist, non-racist and democratic society – a future South Africa where we all live together with total disregard of our race or gender.”

Annually during October, the department embarks on numerous activities that highlight the crucial role transport plays in our society.

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