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Movies direct learners to career paths

Written by Albert Pule

Youth matters

Secondary school learners are being exposed to the careers that await them thanks the screening of movies that profile various jobs.

The movies, which give insight into careers in banking, construction, law, education, tourism, information technology, transport and logistics are currently being shown at Ster Kinekor cinemas across the country.

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has invested R450 000 in the project called ‘My future, my career’.

The initiative is a partnership between the Department of Basic Education, Primestars Marketing and Nedbank.

The screenings started in October 2010 and have run annually since then. This year the screenings began on 27 January and will be shown on consecutive Sundays until the end of March. In total sixteen movies will be broadcast over the eight Sunday mornings.

The aim of the project is to provide learners in Grades nine, 10, 11 and 12 with information on the wide range of careers options available to them after completing matric.

The project also encourages young people to choose careers in fields that will address the skills shortage and high unemployment rate in the country. So far, the project has reached more than 150 000 learners from previously disadvantaged schools across the country.

“We are thrilled to be involved in this project again which is aimed at ensuring the youth of South Africa are able to make informed career choices. This will not only ease the transition from school to tertiary and tertiary to work but also ensures that young people can become active contributors to the South African economy,” said the agency’s Chief Executive Officer Steven Ngobeni.

For more information on the project call the NYDA on 011 651 7000.