While the matric class of 2016 anxiously waits till early January for the final examination results, business has already teamed up with the Department of Education to boost the job prospects of 2017 matriculants.
Plans for the country’s largest Career Guidance Initiative – The Working World Exhibition – were announced this week.
The Working World Exhibition, now in its 18th year, will be hosted at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium from February 28 – March 2, 2017 with the participation of business and leading educational institutions including Coega, The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the NMMU.
Organised by Inkanyezi Events, with the endorsement of the Department of Education and Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, the Working World Exhibition provides World-class Career Guidance Textbooks, resources and personal career guidance counselling to up to 20 000 (twenty thousand) Grade 12 learners, for free, every year.
While Career Guidance Workbooks, approved by the education department for use as part of the Gr12 Life Orientation Curriculum are distributed to Grade 12’s at the beginning of the year, the initiative culminates with an exhibition attended by up to 100 exhibiting institutions, including corporates, and 15 000 matrics.
Inkanyezi CEO Andrew Binning said employers like Rosatom, Coega, Stats SA, Volkswagen, 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: NMMU, Rhodes University, Port Elizabeth College, Varsity College, East Cape Midlands College, eta College and Total Concept Beauty Academy.
The exhibition is open from 8.30am to 3pm on each day. Entry is free to members of the public and school groups who are required to book specific time-slots to visit.
According to The Department of basic Educations’s website a record total of 677 141 registered full time and 150 183 part-time Grade 12 candidates wrote the 2016 examinations, 9216 more than in 2015.
KwaZulu-Natal at 170 631, Gauteng at 112 111 and Limpopo with 110 557 candidates have the largest registered candidates of the 2016 NSC Examinations, while in the Eastern Cape 89,740 candidates registered.
The Minister of Basic Education will announce the outcome of the 2016 Grade 12 exams on January 4, 2017.
For more information please contact Wellington Jansen, from Inkanyezi Events:041 363 0310, firstname.lastname@example.org or view www.workingworldexpo.co.za