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Fostering career goals for local learners

“With unemployment rife in the Kagiso community, we believe it’s important for us to get involved in giving young people from disadvantaged schools guidance."

In a concerted effort to directly and positively impact the future for learners from Kagiso’s Mosupatsela Secondary School, Silverstar has taken its career development campaign within the school to a new level with career profiling for Grade 10s, and sending staff volunteers to share work experiences with Grade 11s, which was followed by a job-shadowing day at the complex.

This initiative is part of the wider Tsogo Sun group programme that focuses on education and impacts more than 35 000 children and young people in the country. The group’s programmes extend from Grades R to 12, from early childhood development projects through to preparation for employment. The new information-sharing and job-shadowing pilot programme entails staff volunteers discussing their work experiences with the young people to help them make informed career choices.

Nineteen Silverstar staff members visited the 300 Grade 11s at Mosupatsela to give them insight into real-life career success stories. Learners were matched with the Silverstar volunteer experienced in their field of interest, and learned more about their potential career paths. The learners were encouraged by the stories told by the Silverstar professionals about how they accessed relevant career opportunities.

Subsequently, 40 of the school’s Grade 11s visited Silverstar for job-shadowing with 22 staff volunteers, giving the learners the opportunity to explore the working environment and engage with staff to ensure their perceptions match the reality of the job, to help the learners make informed choices and guide their future career planning decisions.

The youngsters spent time with their allocated volunteers, learning about their careers, their responsibilities, the value of their jobs to the department and the organisation, what they enjoyed most about their jobs, what the challenges are, and their own personal backgrounds and philosophies.

“With unemployment rife in the Kagiso community, we believe it’s important for us to get involved in giving young people from disadvantaged schools guidance and advice on appropriate career choices, and improving their employability and entrepreneurial skills. Our aim is to better equip them in their decision-making for their futures, enabling them to pursue careers that best suit their skills,” said Anneke Potgieter, Complex Operations Director and General Manager of Silverstar.

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