O.R. Tambo Districts Holds A Career Expo for Grade 12 Learners

Posted on Monday, 16 April 2018

By Thando Ngcume

Category: Latest News

The Eastern Cape Education department in partnership with Anglo-Gold Ashanti, held a career expo for 2329 Grade 12 learners from 13 schools in Or Tambo Inland District.The partnership was to support the work of education through a variety of community development projects as a way of giving back to the community of the O.R. Tambo municipality.

Thamsanqa Mahlathi, Ashanti Anglo-Gold co coordinator said that he comes from the Community and this is a way of giving back to his community. “At Anglo-gold we have a Human Resource Department that runs bursaries, learnerships, internships and portable skills programmes” said Mahlathi. He added that mostly on their bursary schemes they look for people around Mthatha to apply for these skills development programmes. “We normally open our online application around June so we encourage students to apply”, advised Mahlathi.

Thembani Mtyida, Cluster A Chief Director gavelearners and other invited stakeholders like South African Defence Force, Nelson Mandela Museum, Social Development, South African Police Services Forensic to name just a few,a very warm welcome and encouraged the learners to take advantage of opportunities like these in order to be able to make career choices.

Mvuyisi Christopher Mlilwana a Grade 12 Teacher from ST Johns College in Mthatha said “we brought about 356 learners to the career expo and it’s a very good initiative to assist learners in career choices”. “I was mostly impressed by the South African National Defence Force stall as many thought that in the army it is all about carrying guns and not knowing that one can opt for a career in Mechanical Engineering, Accounting, Law or airplane Piloting” said Mlilwana.He expressed his appreciation to the organisers of the expo as it helps learners to be able to know which National Benchmark Test NBT test to write and what career to apply for in future.

Bonga Sobekwa who is from Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Marketing Department informed learners about courses offered at WSU campuses. He said “WSU has 4 Main Campuses. It has one in Mthatha, Butterworth, Queenstown and East London, out of all these campuses we offer more than 171 Qualifications from Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s degree”.

“The career expo was very informative and also gave us insight on different career choices” said Sibahle September a Grade 12 learner from ST Johns College. “The expo showed us the necessity of what you need to be or aspire to be, during the presentations, I have learnt about how to conduct yourself before you choose your career” explained September. Avuyile Nxasana a Grade 12 learner from Atwell Madala High School said that his career option is to be a pilot so the career expo helped him by providing him with most of the knowledge he needed about his career choice and study methods.

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