Expo highlights careers in aviation

2019-08-14 06:01
The Free State Department of Education’s Aerospace Career Expo held at the Kagisho Secondary School in Bloemfontein was attended by scores of learners, department officials and individuals already working in the aerospace industry. From left are Samuel Motau (Transport Education Training Authority), Palesa Shale (Moemedi High School learner), Cedric Fourie (actor), December Moloi (director: Motheo education district), Obalese Sanku (Kagisho Secondary learner) and Manase McCarthy (Moemedi Secondary learner). Photo: Dan Xangaza

The Free State Department of Education’s Aerospace Career Expo held at the Kagisho Secondary School in Bloemfontein was attended by scores of learners, department officials and individuals already working in the aerospace industry. From left are Samuel Motau (Transport Education Training Authority), Palesa Shale (Moemedi High School learner), Cedric Fourie (actor), December Moloi (director: Motheo education district), Obalese Sanku (Kagisho Secondary learner) and Manase McCarthy (Moemedi Secondary learner). Photo: Dan Xangaza

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Exposing learners to a possible career in the aerospace field was the purpose of the Aviation Career Expo the Free State Department of Education held at the Kagisho Secondary School in Bloemfontein on 3 August.

This arose from a need to broaden the learners’ scope of career paths.

The theme was “Reach for the Sky” and was aimed at educating learners attending public schools in townships about different career opportunities existing in the aerospace field.

The department teamed up with Zar Royal Tiger Events Management Company hosting the expo, targeting about 1 200 learners from Gr. 8 to Gr. 11. The learners were from the following secondary schools: Excelsior, Albert Moroka, Kgora Thuto, Moemedi, Seemahale, Kaelang, Ikaelelo, Sehunelo, Tsoseletso, Lereko, Lekhulong and Vulamasango.

At the expo the learners were also informed what subjects and qualifications are required to work in the aerospace industry.

Interested candidates are required to study Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Maths, Computer Programming and Computer Languages.

The spotlight was on aviation careers because it is deemed a lesser known career path, yet there are exciting opportunities for those with the right aptitude.

These include aerospace engineers who design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles.

In addition, they create and test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.

The field also include pilots, air hostesses and operations technicians.

According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, employment of aerospace engineers is projected to grow 6% from 2016 to 2026, as fast as the average for all occupations.

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