One of the Atlantis SEZ’s favourite events, the annual ASEZ Career Expo, was again held successfully at the West Coast College on 30 September.  This year’s Expo was done little differently with campus tours preceding the actual expo day from Monday to Thursday to provide maximum amount of exposure to learners, whilst staying mindful of COVID-19 protocols. During these and the expo learners not only learned about green economy and its career opportunities but also technical careers. This includes careers in robotics and digital jobs, coupled with the training and skills required to ready them for their bright future.

The exhibition was designed to be educational, but also fun, with students having an opportunity to participate in an interactive workshop and gaining more hands-on knowledge of robotics, together with inspirational stories shared from local achievers.

“We are so pleased that we are able to help provide opportunities for young people in the Western Cape through events like this hosted by the Atlantis SEZ.” according to Minister Maynier, Western Cape MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities.

The Atlantis career expo has been held for over five years, with over 250 learners attending in 2019. This year’s delivery required extensive planning as it had to be a closed event, with participating schools all agreed well in advance, driven by the need for the ASEZ and West Coast College to follow and adhere to COVID regulations, ensuring that students, exhibitors, and partners remain safe.

“The City of Cape Town is a proud partner of the Atlantis Special Economic Zone and GreenCape, creating an enabling environment for youth to flourish is a primary focus for the City.  We identified the Green Economy and Technology as high growth sectors. Initiatives like these ensure that we create a steady skills pipeline for these sectors.  We are committed to investing in programmes that will foster real economic growth and sustenance for the people of Cape Town, especially our youth, said Alderman James Vos Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management”.

Accordingly, this year included information shared by local achievers in green economy careers, also highlighting women working in what may be perceived as male dominated industries. Together with the support from exhibitors on the day that included SAPVIA, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association, MyMachine, GreenCape, Edunova, IkamvaYouth and XinaBox. These collaborations are important to ensure that learners get the full experience of the day, and that they come out of the Expo with comprehensive knowledge that will help them plan for their prosperous future and contribute to the Western Cape economy and create a better future for themselves.
“The college is excited to continue to be a part of the ever broadening sphere of partners who build and grow the Atlantis Economic Zone and believe that with this partnership we as the college will continue to take hands with the various partners to help grow the education and training opportunities in Atlantis and the surrounding communities that will lead to more economic independence for members of the community and hopefully ignite the entrepreneurial and green economy flame in their hearts” shared Rhazia Hamza, Deputy Principal: Innovation and Development of West Coast College.

Judging by the faces of the learners and by all accounts this event was genuinely a great collaboration, for the local economy and its youth’s long-term success.