Pupils offered workplace ‘shadowing’

2015-07-02 06:00

TOWARDS the cultivation of skills knowledge for informed career choices, Ugu District Municipality has offered undergraduates and Grade 12 pupils from the district an opportunity to experience the work environment through its workplace “shadowing” programme over the school holidays.

The municipality took 24 students and pupils under this programme of which 12 are from tertiary level and 12 are Grade 12 pupils.

The participating group will shadow skilled employees under the departments of IT, HR, financial management, internal auditing, disaster and fire management, environmental health, environmental management, project management, civil engineering­, electrical engineering­, fitting, mechanical engineering, water and wastewater treatment operations, local economic development, chemical engineering, legal services, community development, communications, call centre management, secretariat and fleet management.

The students will explore potential career paths in their fields of interest while concurrently experiencing the challenges offered by the jobs.

Municipal spokesperson France Zama said this career awareness project will also benefit the municipality by having informed job seekers in times of recruitment and selection.

The tertiary group will shadow workers for two weeks while the Grade 12 group will shadow for one week on a temporary, unpaid employment experience contract.

“The programme will allow the students and pupils the prospect of the work environment, employability and occupational skills in practice while simultaneously attaining knowledge of the value of professional training and potential career options,” said Zama.

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MUNICIPAL SPOKESPERSON FRANCE ZAMA SAID THIS CAREER AWARENESS PROJECT WILL ALSO BENEFIT THE MUNICIPALITY BY HAVING INFORMED JOB SEEKERS IN TIMES OF RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION

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