ECSA took an advantage of the platform provided by the SABC Education Career Indaba which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 18 – 19 May 2015 to encourage learners to study engineering. Sandisa Maqubela made a presentation to learners about the Engenius project and emphasized that learners need to ensure that they do pure maths and physical science and at least have 60% pass rate in order for them to be accepted to study for an engineering qualification.
The SABC Career Indaba is a learner-focused careers and further education event in South Africa, designed to connect learners directly with top employers and institutions of further education. This year the event attracted over 85 exhibitors and a projected visitor attendance of over 5 000.
The learners who attend Career Indaba have the opportunity to attend free workshop sessions designed to improve their skills like CV writing and interview techniques, and get advice on subject choices to secure their ideal job. ECSA needs to participate more in these events and continue to advocate for the engineering profession. This will help increase the number of learners who study engineering and eventually increase the number of much needed engineering practitioners, especially those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
Learners also got engaged with thinking about their future in a relaxed and enjoyable environment, surrounded by their peers.