The learners of Panorama High School, in Graskop, attended a career guidance event held at the local town hall on April 10th.
Different stakeholders, Spar Graskop, York Timbers, Glory Hill Clinic, Graskop SAPS, were invited to educate the learners about various career opportunities.
The occasion was organised by Graskop Library in conjunction with the local Spar. It is the continuation of a community outreach programme aimed at developing the town.
Michelle Kruger-Graskop Library- said that the kids were taken on a tour inside the library before heading to the hall. This, she said, was a chance to present all facilities available at the library.
“It went well, I’m grateful for those who pitched, we managed to help the kids wherever we can. We invited different stakeholders to come and guide the kids. Most of the kids wanted to know about salaries, but we were trying to show them that it’s all about doing what you love, starting from the bottom and going up. We plan to do this again and we want more stakeholders to join us; we also invite different professionals to come and share information about their careers,” said Michelle.
Jones Asiedu (grade 8-12 at Panorama High School) said that the event was very important.
“It helps the kids to see different opportunities; they are able to direct their attention to particular fields. It also helps them to focus on academic work, bringing the future closer. They get a chance to ask questions. The school is part of society; the kids must be encouraged to learn so that they can come back and solve problems in the same communities. They are our future leader and we must develop them,” said Asiedu.
Spar was represented by Gail Durandt (Human Resource), Rachel Mohlala (Assistant Manager) and Songezo Dube (Chef).
“This is the first career guidance, it went very well, the kids were surprised about the career opportunities at Spar,” said Gail Durandt.
York Timbers was represented by Frederick Mphuti-Human Resources at Driekop Sawmill, Aneesa Mulla-Industrial Engineering student, Wilbert Mashego-Mechanical Fitter, Pleasure Mthembu-Electrician, Jeffrey Mokoena-Carpenter.
Glory Hill Clinic was represented by Sister Boyd, accompanied by Pastor Virginia Pietersen.
Graskop police station, Sergeant Mnisi, Communication Officer, was there to enlighten the kids about the opportunities available in the SAPS.