PATHWAY CAREERS INDABA EVENT
Masicorp has been providing a successful bursary programme which offers financial and mentoring support to the students from the township of Masiphumelele since 2009. Due to the recent changes in State funding within higher education in South Africa, we relaunched our bursary programme as Pathways earlier this year. This meant we could continue supporting the youth of Masiphumelele by exposing them to various work, career and study options available to them.
We kick started the programme with a Pathway Careers Indaba event which was held at Masiphumelele High school on the 16th and the 17th of May this year. About 500 students from grade 10 to grade 12 attended the event. The learners visited the different exhibition stands which had different companies and higher education institutions providing information about the opportunities they provided to the youth.
We had some exciting exhibitors like TSIBA, University of Cape Town, False Bay College, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, The Raymond Ackerman Foundation, JobStarter, Youth Capital, Grades Match, SANParks, Shark Spotters and Fire & Rescue Services and various others. We also had young successful speakers and Masicorp bursary alumni who were sharing their inspiring stories with the learners.
Over the course of the year we aim to partner with various organizations and individuals to host a series of structured workshops for the grade 11s and 12s with the objective of providing academic, career and psycho-social support to matric learners specifically. In these workshops the learners will be taught different skills on job readiness to give them a better chance at being employable.
We are hoping that this programme will have a long lasting impact in the lives of the Masiphumelele youth and will enable them to make informed decisions about opportunities and career choices so they can have a bright future.