CAREER/ WELLNESS EXPO PAVES THE WAY FOR YOUNG GENERATION
On Friday, 12 April, South West Gauteng TVET College (SWGC) in conjunction with Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) and supported by the Gauteng Liquor Board held a Career/ Wellness EXPO at the college’s George Tabor Campus, where high school students, community members as well as our very own SWGC students came in numbers to equip themselves with the knowledge of what is in store for them out there in the world of work.
The whole objective of this Campaign was to afford TVET students, Grade 12 learners from the surrounding schools and members of the local community the opportunity to learn more about the different career opportunities available in the organizations that took part in the exhibition, which were Home Affairs, aware.org, JMPD Dragger Unit, Department of Labour, Department of Social Development, GCRA, Johannesburg Water, to name but a few. Not only was it about students learning more about these organisations but by giving an opportunity to organisations within the City of Johannesburg to expose themselves to TVET College students and learners from local schools and work together to tackle the scourge of youth unemployment.
This initiative was also aimed at educating students and the community about the dangers of substance abuse and how it can affect their wellbeing as well as that of their families, hence the involvement of the Gauteng Liquor Board, SAB as well as SANCA Soweto. The Department of Health was conducting health screenings and promoting healthy living along with Virgin Active.
JMPD Officer Phindile Maseko, from the Community Outreach Unit in Soweto indicated that they are working with schools, community members teaching them about safety. “We conduct scholar patrol training and monitoring at primary level. We teach students about career guidance and do presentations about road safety at both primary and high school. We also give students an opportunity to learn about different careers in our departments within the City of Johannesburg. Another reason for our involvement in the career expo is due to the growing concern of drug related incidents that occur in our communities. We encourage healthy lifestyle and students should not be stereotyped when it comes to career choices”, said Officer Maseko.
The JMPD Drill Squad clinched the proceeding of the day by flaunting their routine as they drilled into the college yard with sirens.
By Sabelo Tshabalala Public Relations Officer