Free employability and Career Expo opens in Durban
Posted on: April 18, 2019
Durban – The eThekwini Youth Employability Indaba and KZN Career Expo – a joint initiative of eThekwini Municipality, the Durban ICC, eThekwini Maritime Cluster and Independent Media – runs from Thursday to Saturday at the Durban Exhibition Centre.
The event is free to all and presents a one-stop-shop of resources to empower youth, tertiary students, aspiring young entrepreneurs and Grade 11 and 12 pupils. It will provide youth with access to information about employment opportunities, careers, scholarships, bursaries and more. Live science demonstrations are also on the programme in line with the curriculum needs of Grade 11 and 12 pupils.
Asimbonge Mkhize, Business Development officer at Durban ICC, said they were expecting 15 000 visitors. “We have 120 stalls – excluding specialist pavilions. We have a Creative Hub which will be promoting literature, dance, film and the like. Another pavilion showcasing Agriculture programmes that eThekwini has on offer and a Safer Cities pavilion dealing with social issues.”
Not-to-be-missed highlights on the expos three-day programme include youth employability panel discussions and interactions. Look out for:
THE CONVERSATIONAL CORNER (venue, Hall 2 East): Informal panel discussions with local heroes and influencers in sports, entertainment and business. Panellists include members of the Sharks and Dolphins rugby and cricket teams respectively, and personalities with the likes of Darryn Pollock, Keshav Maharaj, Delron Buckley, Scelo Gowane, Rani Sitaram and others.
CAREERS CONFERENCE AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES (venue, Hall 2 West): Formal panel discussions and presentations by KZN’s leading universities, expanding on nine key sectors. Topics include bursary information, bridging the gap between graduates and the marketplace, technology and impact on career opportunities.
SELF IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOPS (venue, Hall 2 East): Learn more about building your CV, interview skills, exam preparation, stress management with the aim to empower and equip you for enhanced career opportunities.
Topics for the Youth Employability Indaba include “The 4th Industrial Revolution and what it means for the youth of today”,”How will Artificial Intelligence affect youth”; “How to bridge the gap between what business wants and what the curriculum produces”; and “Government innovative recruitment strategies: What plans are in place to enhance access employment opportunities for youth”.