Expo encourages students to ‘think outside the box’

Vuyile Belewa from False Bay colleges shows Somila Sitimbana and Lindokuhle Ntshetshe who are studying engineering and motor studies at the college, how an engine works.

College students and local youth who attended a career expo hosted by government this week, were encouraged to think outside the box when considering what line of work they’d like to go into.

The expo, held at False Bay College’s Khayelitsha campus on Tuesday May 17, was hosted by the Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS) department, which also informed the students about government’s budget.

GCIS deputy director general, Nomonde Mnukwa, said the this indicated what the government would be doing in a particular financial year.

Government Communication and Information Systems deputy director general, Nomonde Mnukwa

She said they wanted the youth to understand how budget vote was done while at the same time they bringing together different stakeholders to share with them different career opportunities. She said the importance of the career expo is enlighten the students so that they could think outside of the box.

She said with high employment rate it was critical that they empower the youth with different knowledge and information so that they could have better chances of getting employment opportunities or rather be job creators instead.

She said young people were the leaders and parents of tomorrow hence they need to be equipped with every necessary skills and information to improve their lives.

“We want to inculcate a culture of entrepreneurship for the young people. We want those who could not complete their studies to know that there are sectors where they could acquire skills and be empowered.

“We want to shape the minds of young people so that they could compete in the working sector,” she said.

False Bay College community liaison officer, Arthur Ketile, said they were happy that government departments were organising events for the community – and in areas close to them.

Student, Lindokuhle Ntshetshe who is studying engineering and motor studies said it was helpful to see how engines work as opposed to just reading about it in a book. At the expo, she said, she got a broad range of information and had felt empowered by it.