Local businesses team up to prepare matrics for job market

2017-11-29 06:00

WHILE the matric class of 2017 anxiously awaits the release of their final NSC examination results, local businesses have already teamed up to boost the job prospects of the Nelson Mandela Bay metro’s 2018 matriculants and unemployed youth.

Plans were unveiled last week for the 19th edition of the country’s largest career guidance initiative, the Working World Exhibition, which will take place from April 18 to April 20, next year, at the Feather Market Centre.

Organised by Inkanyezi Events, with the endorsement of the Department of Education and Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, the exhibition provides world-class career guidance textbooks, resources and personal career guidance counselling to up to 20 000 Grade 12 learners who attend the expo for free every year.

While career guidance workbooks, which are approved by the Department of Education for use as part of the Grade 12 Life Orientation curriculum, are distributed to local Grade 12s at the beginning of the year, the initiative culminates with an exhibition attended by up to 100 exhibiting institutions, including corporates, and by 15 000 visiting matrics.

Inkanyezi CEO Andrew Binning said employers like the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Coega, Volkswagen, Woodlands Dairy, Specsavers, SA Police Services and The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) would exhibit alongside a spectrum of public and private educational institutions.

These include NMU, Rhodes University, Varsity College, East Cape Midlands College, ETA College, Damelin College, Newton College, MSC Business College, Total Concept Beauty Academy and the Pearson Institute of Higher Education.

The exhibition is open from 8:30am to 3pm every day. Entry is free to members of the public and school groups, though they are required to book specific time slots to visit.

According to the South African Government News Agency, a total of 802 636 candidates, 634 527 of whom are full-time, wrote the 2017 NSC final exams. A total of 44 911 markers around the country will mark scripts at 144 marking centres.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the pass mark for the class of 2017 on January 4 next year and learners will be able to access their results at their school or examination centre on January 5.

For more info about the Working World Exhibition go to www.workingworldexpo.co.za.

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