Impala Rustenburg’s innovative mobile Career Expo showcased a wide range of career opportunities in the mining industry to 6 500 youth in grades 9 and 11 during 2022. This was the second Career Expo in a two-year cycle, bringing the total number of high school learners reached to 12 200.
Impala Rustenburg’s School Support Programme embraces a far-reaching approach with the key objectives to: address identified learning gaps; support teachers and contribute to their competence and knowledge; provide infrastructure, facilities and teaching aids for schools; and provide career guidance and leadership development for high school learners.
Impala’s post-school youth development initiatives include on-the-job training for some entry-level jobs, graduate internships across a wide range of disciplines, learnerships, cadet programmes that develop critical mining skills, and a comprehensive bursary programme that funds university education for matriculants.
The Career Expo 2022 visited 14 high schools in nine villages in the mining community, all of which are supported by Impala Rustenburg: Sunrise View Secondary School in Sunrise Park; Meriti Secondary School in Meriting; Sekete IV and Matsukubyane secondary schools in Kanana; Platinum Village and Freedom Park secondary schools in Freedom Park; Hoërskool Grenswag in Oos Einde; Molotlegi and Thethe secondary schools in Luka; Keledi, Matale, and Bafokeng secondary schools in Phokeng; Charora High School in Chaneng; and Mmanape High School in Tsitsing.
The mobile Expo targeted learners in Grade 9 to provide subject choice guidance for Grade 10, and Grade 11 learners to assist in career planning. The Expo programme equipped learners with information on what they can expect if they opt for a career in the mining industry.