Careers Indaba gives opportunities

2019-05-28 06:00
Masiphumelele High School learners are shown different career options for the future.

Masiphumelele High School learners are shown different career options for the future.

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Masicorp has identified a need in Masiphumelele and found a way to provide for the youth in the community.

Masicorp is a non-profit organisation that works with the people in the area offering them great opportunities through education and enterprise, to help residents progress out of poverty.

In 2016, Masiphumelele High School’s matric pass rate plummeted to 48%, the second lowest in the Western Cape.

This, along with the fact that 32.4% of the youth between the ages of 15 and 24 are unemployed, education or training, leaves the learners of Masi High in an incredibly vulnerable position where the odds are stacked against them in terms of breaking the cycle of poverty and successfully entering the economy.

Over the past nine years, Masicorp has provided a highly successful university bursary programme – offering both financial and mentoring support to students from Masiphumelele who wished to undertake courses at local universities and colleges. Starting from just three students in 2009, Masicorp has supported over 50 students living in Masi with their studies.

Owing to the recent changes in state funding for students and the rapid increase in university fees, Masicorp made the decision to relaunch the bursary programme this year, under two umbrellas: Pathways (for high school students) and the Masicorp Fellowship Programme.

On Thursday 16 May, a Pathways Career Indaba was held at Masi High specifically aimed at Grade 11 and 12 learners, giving them the opportunity to find out more about career and study options that are available to them, as well as skills-based or vocational employment opportunities.

Various exhibitors took part in the event: Tsiba, the University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, False Bay College, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, JobStarter, Youth Capital, Grades Match and Shark Spotters, among others.

Following the Careers Indaba, a series of structured workshops are set to take place, with the objective of providing academic, career and psycho-social support to matric learners specifically.

V To find out more about the Careers Indaba or workshops contact Masicorp programme leader Michelle Jones at michelle@masicorp.org or on 021 785 1923.

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