Expo gives youth a platform to shine and excel

2020-02-25 06:01

Chrysalis Academy graduates, excited to attend the first work assessment and career awareness initiative, showed up two-and-a-half hours before the event was scheduled to start on Monday 17 February.

Albert Fritz, the provincial minister for community safety, said attendees arrived as early as 07:00, despite the programme only beginning at 09:30.

“It is incredibly heart-warming to see young people so eager to make a difference in their own lives and pursue opportunities available to them,” said Fritz.

About 140 graduates attended the initiative hosted at the Imperial Technical Training Academy in Bellville.

The aim of the initiative, held in collaboration with the department of economic development and tourism (DEDAT), is to bring young people who are looking for jobs closer to companies who have positions.

Fritz said the Chrysalis Academy was a flagship programme of the department of community safety. “For that reason, we are working closely with DEDAT to ensure that Chrysalis alumni are fully equipped to enter the world of work. I wish to commend DEDAT on the exceptional opportunities they provide to young people through their work readiness programme.”

The graduates who took part in the initiative were asked to complete assessments that assisted them in determining their interest in a particular field, while the companies involved also assessed the quality of the graduates to determine their employability. In this way the initiative will ensure the best fit between graduate and employer to ensure long-term career success. The assessments will also shape future initiatives to close the gap between skills development programmes and industry expectations and needs.

David Maynier, the provincial minister of finance and economic opportunities, welcomed the initiative.

“There are still too many people, especially young people, who don’t have jobs or who have given up looking for job in the Western Cape. Every one of those young people matter to us and so we will be working hard to ensure that every young person living in the Western Cape has a job, because jobs give hope and give dignity to people.”

Companies involved in the initiative included Imperial Logistics, Golden Arrow and WNS Global, providing the Chrysalis Academy graduates with exposure to both the automotive and business process outsourcing (BPO) industries.

Young people, who are accepted for placement, will extend their employability through apprenticeships, skills development training or experiential learning that will lead to employment.

Chrysalis Academy graduates, excited to attend the first work assessment and career awareness initiative, showed up two-and-a-half hours before the event was scheduled to start on Monday 17 February.

Albert Fritz, the provincial minister for community safety, said attendees arrived as early as 07:00, despite the programme only beginning at 09:30.

“It is incredibly heart-warming to see young people so eager to make a difference in their own lives and pursue opportunities available to them,” said Fritz.

About 140 graduates attended the initiative hosted at the Imperial Technical Training Academy in Bellville.

The aim of the initiative, held in collaboration with the department of economic development and tourism (DEDAT), is to bring young people who are looking for jobs closer to companies who have positions.

Fritz said the Chrysalis Academy was a flagship programme of the department of community safety.

“For that reason, we are working closely with DEDAT to ensure that Chrysalis alumni are fully equipped to enter the world of work. I wish to commend DEDAT on the exceptional opportunities they provide to young people through their work readiness programme,” he said.

The graduates who took part in the initiative were asked to complete assessments that assisted them in determining their interest in a particular field, while the companies involved also assessed the quality of the graduates to determine their employability.

In this way the initiative will ensure the best fit between graduate and employer to ensure long-term career success.

The assessments will also shape future initiatives to close the gap between skills development programmes and industry expectations and needs.

David Maynier, the provincial minister of finance and economic opportunities, welcomed the initiative.

“There are still too many people, especially young people, who don’t have jobs or who have given up looking for job in the Western Cape. Every one of those young people matter to us and so we will be working hard to ensure that every young person living in the Western Cape has a job, because jobs give hope and give dignity to people.”

Companies involved in the initiative included Imperial Logistics, Golden Arrow and WNS Global, providing the Chrysalis Academy graduates with exposure to both the automotive and business process outsourcing (BPO) industries.

Young people, who are accepted for placement, will extend their employability through apprenticeships, skills development training or experiential learning that will lead to employment.

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