Inaugural Career Festival

A good number of potential employers, 1 000 exit-level students from five Western Cape TVET colleges and 900 school learners from the communities that the TVET colleges serve were attracted to two Career Festivals hosted in the Western and Northern Cape regions as part of TVET Month on 21 and 22 August.

IMG 8109 2In a collaborative effort, College of Cape Town, Boland, False Bay, Northlink and West Coast TVET Colleges invited TVET exit-level students and high school learners to experience the World of Work initiative. The participants had the opportunity to engage with key sector displays, try-a-skill activities and participate in career guidance sessions offered by SETAs.

On the cusp of graduating, the exit-level students had the opportunity to engage in interview sessions with prospective employers who attended the event, which also enabled the employers to see the quality of students and future employees that the TVET colleges produce.

Mrs Wendy Adams, Vice (Deputy) Principal: Innovation and Development and Chair of the WIL Forum says the aim is to make this an annual, premier networking event connecting exit-level students with host employers. Given the continued high unemployment rate in the country, this was an opportune time to speak to employers about the WBE (exposure) and WPBL (placement) provided to the TVET sector. Along with creating broader awareness, the colleges also wished to take opportunities for new partnerships and strengthen existing ones with industry.IMG 8238 2

As part of the Career Festival, students presented an industrial drama piece on work readiness (clothing, attitude, interview etiquette) which complemented and emphasised work already done at colleges.

“We believe that the exposure the students and learners received during this Career Festival opened their eyes to bridge the gap when preparing for the world of work,” Ms Adams added.

The last of the three planned career festival events will be hosted by South Cape College in October 2019.