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FP&M SETA hosts inaugural Skills and Career Development Summit and Expo
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The FP&M SETA (Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authorities) Skills and Career Development Summit and Expo took place in Johannesburg recently with more than 2000 learners in attendance. The inaugural event officially opened when the CEO of FP&M SETA Felleng Yende delivered her keynote opening address, promoting opportunities for the youth.

The future well-being of the country depends on raising a generation of skilled, competent, and responsible adults, said Yende. For Grade 11 and 12 learners this is the pivotal period between childhood and adulthood. It is the time when youth need to acquire the attitudes, competencies, values, and social skills that will carry them forward to successful adulthood. It is also the time when they need to avoid choices and behaviors that will limit their future potential. “It is the very reason why we have decided to host this summit each year: to impart to these learners opportunities that await them once they complete their studies,” said Yende.

Variety of career options

Peter Ndoro, news anchor and producer at the SABC and MC at the summit, kept the enthusiasm going throughout the day. He encouraged learners to take as much as they can from the summit. “They keep saying ‘you are the future’. You’ve heard this right? Well, actually I want to tell you, you are not the future. You are the now,” said Ndoro. He also encouraged learners to have an open mind about all the opportunities presented at the summit. Speakers and exhibitors from tertiary education and industry professionals were there to introduce the learners to careers such as nanotechnology, hydrogen fuel cell technology, manufacturing, fashion design, nature conservation and media.

Learners cheered loudly as renowned fashion designer David Tlale stepped onto the stage. His presentation started with a brief personal introduction to his struggles growing up in a single-parent household. “It’s possible to make it where you come from,” Tlale said. “Your background does not determine your destination, but the choices that you make as a young person determine where you go.” He did not mince words when addressing the learners about their studies: “Opportunity does not chase lazy people. Opportunity does not chase average or ordinary people. Opportunity chases excellent people.”

“It was a huge success,” said Yende. “It is important that learners know what careers are available to them. This is something that some members of the previous generation never had. These learners walk away with life-changing opportunities and exposure to endless possibilities. We look forward to seeing these learners grow and thrive as they embark on their career journeys.”

This article was first published on bizcommunity.com