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SAASTA inspires class of 2015 at career expo

SAASTA participated in the 16th annual Working World Career Expo at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for the first time in March this year. More than 11 000 Grade 12s representing more than 150 schools were wowed by this comprehensive event.

The class of 2015 grabbed the opportunity to be inspired and informed (Picture:
Hubert Mathebula of SAASTA's Science Awareness platforms (left) engaging with Ben Fihla, Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (Picture:

The Working World Expo is the largest career guidance initiative of its kind in South Africa and the class of 2015 grabbed the opportunity to be inspired and informed as it begins to prepare applications for various study directions after school. Running over three days, participating matriculants interacted with 70 exhibiting organisations representing a diverse range of career, study and funding options.

Apart from SAASTA, exhibitors included the South African Police Services, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Vodacom, Rhodes University, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), Old Mutual and the Engineering Council of South Africa.

Career guidance workbook and counselling

All matriculants from participating schools were provided with a Grade 12 Life Orientation curriculum-approved Career Guidance Workbook, free career guidance counselling and a motivational careers DVD featuring messages from Mark Shuttleworth and other celebrities. This year a special Grade 9 subject choice evening and a seminar for the leadership bodies of schools were also hosted, where young leaders interacted with the Nelson Mandela Bay Chamber's Top 40 Under 40 Achievers.

"Over the past 16 years, based on our personal research, less than 10% of all matrics are sure of what they are going to study after school," Andrew Binning, the CEO of organising company Inkanyezi said.

"The expo and its resources move our school leavers into a better place to make one of the most important decisions in their lives, and in many cases actually provide learners with their light-bulb moment."

"The attitude, respect and maturity with which the class of 2015 has gone about its research and engaged business and educational institutions at the expo, was remarkable and gives one a great sense of optimism around the future of our country,'' Binning said.

Read Class of 2015 ready for working world, MyPE News