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Nedbank providing learners with career guidance

Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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The Nedbank Foundation has announced the start of the ‘My Future, My Career’ programme, to take place from 15th May to 19th June 2011. The project is aimed at providing career guidance to previously disadvantaged learners in Grades 9 – 12.

With Nedbank as the core sponsor, the initiative is run with various partners including the Department of Education, Primestars Marketing, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), The Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA), JD Group and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Running for the second year, the programme uses Sterkinekor cinemas to show pre-recorded career guidance episodes, where various experts who work in different fields talk about their chosen career paths. The programme for 2011 will cover a number of career streams such as: Banking and Finance, Accounting, Health Services, Education, Law, Criminal Justice, Entrepreneurship, Tourism and Hospitality, Information Technology, Communications, Mining and Engineering, and Construction.

"We're excited to once again provide necessary career guidance to previously disadvantaged learners. It’s critical to ensure that learners are equipped with the necessary information to make informed decisions when choosing careers. We believe that exposing a number of career options to learners will go a long way in creating a fertile ground for critical areas which are currently experiencing skills shortage," said Kone Gugushe, Head of Nedbank Foundation.

Richard Chauke, Director at JDG Trading, said "In sponsoring "My Future My Career", we believe that this initiative provides the learners with an opportunity to gain insight into a wide range of careers and that programmes like this can positively shape the future of our country." 

This year, the programmes will be screened during vacant slots across Sterkinekor cinemas in KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Free State, North West and the Western Cape. The career guidance will take the form of an interview where two young presenters interview professionals who specialise in various fields about the nature of the work. The specialists will also provide insights on the requirements for success in their respective fields. Each episode will last an hour and afterwards, each learner will be supplied with a handbook to take home for future reference. 

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