Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) has announced 5th March, 9th and April 30th as the roll out dates for career roadshows to be hosted in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape respectively. The roadshows which over the years have seen unparalleled success are aimed at grade 9-12 high school learners as a way of exposing them to career opportunities in the transport Sector and highlighting the critical scarce skills that are needed to grow and maintain the industry.
Collaborations with various stakeholders have for over 12 years laid a solid foundation in the implementation of the expos and development of skills. Apart from TETA, exhibitors within the industry are pulled in to make presentations on the available opportunities as well as bursary and education funding options within the organisation. Learners are also guided about the enrolment process for bursaries and other offered programs including learner-ships.
TETA has over the years used road shows and stakeholder engagements to involve stakeholders on several strategic interventions and priorities. And as women are under-represented in the Transport Sector, the career exhibitions are used as platforms to expose the girl child to the opportunities that exist in the transport sector and run the Women in Scarce Skills campaign. TETA ensures that each grade from each high school has a good representation of girls attending the expos.
“The Women in Scarce Skills Programme is an advocacy campaign championed by the Deputy Minister to res.za pond to the imperatives of transformation as outlined in the White Paper on Post School Education and Training. It is aimed at encouraging female learners to take up careers in fields previously dominated by males. This campaign exposes female learners to career choices in Aviation, Petrochemicals, Mining, Maritime, as well as Engineering and during the roadshows we encourage a girl child to choose transport as a career. Significant strides are also made in exposing the female learners with participation of stakeholders such as the South Africa Women in Aviation who serve as great inspiration, confidence booster and an eye opener for the girls who attend the expos. ,” Mrs Maphefo Anno-Frempong CEO TETA says.
The CEO further adds that, “The Transport Sector is a dynamic environment characterised by cutting edge technology and, therefore, needs skilled, capable people and a learning environment that keep abreast of new developments in the competitive global market to ensure continuous development and skill upgrades. To this end, programmes such as the career roadshows remain the backbone of skills development and are key to enhancing productivity and employment growth in the Sector”.
This year first exhibition will be held at Sehlaku High School in Sekhukhune district. Exhibitors will include South African Airways, Denel Aviation, Southern Africa Women in Aviation, South African Maritime Safety Authority, Dimension Data, University of Limpopo, South African Civil Aviation Authority, Sekhukhune FET College, Road Traffic Infringement Agency, the South African Army, Inkangala College, National Youth Development Agency and other government SETAs.