Media release 22 April 2015 CAREERS24 REVAMPS GRADUATE SECTION TO ATTRACT QUALIFIED CANDIDATES Careers24 has gone live with their new, improved graduate section. The user-friendly redesign includes new key features and in-depth content aimed specifically at graduates looking for jobs. “South African Millennials are digitally savvy, career-focused and loyal to brands that share their values. This translates into the way in which graduates look for employment,” says Marc Privett, Head of Careers24. “Thanks to extensive research we have an in-depth understanding of what a graduate candidate is looking for. This, along with our highly experienced web user experience team and content team, has put us at the forefront of graduate recruitment.” Positions aimed at graduates are a key feature of the new section, allowing graduates to search quickly and effectively for the latest job offerings. Ease of use and accessibility means an increased response rate and more relevant, targeted applications. Both transcripts and CVs can be included as uploads and the Job Alerts function needs minimal information to sign up. This ensures that more job seekers and recruiters are instantly sent alerts on matches and new job uploads. The redesign is styled to make the online experience slick and accessible – for both the job seeker and the recruiter. The platform also includes a designated area that specifically highlights companies and brands that have posted graduate positions – giving them valuable and positive brand association. “This portal will turn the graduate recruitment market on its head,” adds Privett. “It will make recruiting graduates easy and effective by channeling graduates to the right information and the right opportunities. Our new graduate portal will become the all-encompassing digital job tool for South African graduates and recruiters.” The new Careers24 graduate section is now live at http://www.careers24.com/graduate. ENDS Issued by . . .
“Our core focus will always be the teacher in the classroom” SABC Education African EduWeek is back from 1-2 July in a new venue, with more free-to-attend educational training and development for teachers, a futuristic look at teaching and even more suppliers with the latest classroom technology and services. “Last year the event underwent a huge transformation to a more expo-focused gathering”, Tanya Jackman, event director of the annual SABC Education African EduWeek. “But we want continue to challenge ourselves and our teachers, making sure we bring them content that is relevant for today’s educators, including the latest classroom technology, free edu-theatre talks and workshops and the opportunity to engage with educational peers and experts from across the globe.” The conference and exhibition is taking place from 1-2 July this year at the new and larger venue of Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. “The move to Gallagher enables us to offer our teachers, experts and exhibitors so many more opportunities”, says Tanya. “The 165% increase in visitors last year with 2436 teachers and education experts attending the expo and conference, gave us the stamp of approval that we are meeting the needs of the education sector. This year we are expecting in excess of 4000 education professionals and more than 150 local and international exhibitors will showcase their products and solutions, compared to last year’s 90.” The African EduWeek exhibition will feature products and services for the education sector in areas that include basic education, IT, higher education, inclusive education, science and maths, safety and security, sustainability and energy efficiency and school supplies and stationery. “We want to continue to empower our educators” “Our core focus will always be the teacher in the classroom”, says African EduWeek’s Tanya Jackman, “wherever this is or whatever form this classroom may take. Our conference and workshops will therefore be . . .
South Africa's leading online career portal, Careers24, will be supporting the fourth annual Career Indaba. The Career Indaba will be held from 18 to 19 May 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Careers24 attracts over one million unique job seekers monthly, making them an ideal partner for this valuable initiative. As part of their partnership, Careers24 will host a how-to workshop to help prepare students for the job market. From how-to write a successful CV to why a professional CV and cover letter is an essential part of the job search, the Careers24 team will use their exceptional know-how and experience in the field to prepare job seekers. “The job seeker is a vital part of Careers24’s market and one of our missions is education,” says Marc Privett, Head of Careers24. “We are consistently on the lookout for ways to assist job seekers in elevating their offering and making the hiring process easier for both them and recruiters. The Career Indaba is a credible and successful platform for exactly this type of education and we are thrilled to be partnering with them,” he adds. This year’s Career Indaba promises more interactive feature areas designed to engage visitors and showcase career and education opportunities; more interactive sessions over the two days; career advice from celebrity guest speakers like Gareth Cliff and opportunities for visitors to engage with companies that will help them to think outside the box about their career options. “The Career Indaba is the perfect event for students looking to take the next step in their education and professional development,” says Tanya Jackman, event manager for Career Indaba. “Over the past three years, the Indaba has developed and grown in many ways and this year we are very happy to have Careers24 on board.” Registration for Career Indaba is free. Visit www.careerindaba.co.za for more information regarding group or individual bookings. Visit Careers24 at www.careers24.com or follow . . .
Next week CPUT will bestow honorary doctorates on Dr Brigalia Bam and Dr Christo Wiese, two of SA’s most respected citizens, for their outstanding contributions to education and industry as part of CPUT’s biggest graduation week in its ten year history, with 7,148 students obtaining their caps of which 84 are Masters students and 12 receiving Doctorates. The CPUT April Graduation Series will take place over a full week (13th to 17th April) at CPUT, the largest univeristy in the Western Cape, during 15 separate ceremonies. It is the first time that the institution will be conferring honorary doctorates in its new form as a University of Technology. Dr Brigalia Bam is being honoured with a Doctorate in Education, DEd, at CPUT for her outstanding work as an educator. Bam is best known for her role as the Chairwoman of the Independent Electoral Commission between 1999 and 2011, a position which earned her respect locally and internationally and who received the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation for her election leadership. She is currently serving as the Chancellor of Walter Sisulu University and previously served as the Chancellor of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. CPUT will honour Christo Wiese with a Doctorate in Technologia, Marketing (DTech) for his outstanding contribution to industry. As one of South Africa’s most successful and influential businessmen Wiese needs little introduction. He is currently the controlling shareholder of Shoprite Holdings Limited, Africa’s largest retailer, and serves on the boards of numerous companies. CPUT Vice-Chancellor Dr Prins Nevhutalu says he is honoured that two individuals with the outstanding profiles of both Bam and Wiese have accepted their honorary doctoral nominations and hopes their outstanding successes will be echoed in the future careers of the many CPUT graduates entering the world of work. “Dr Brigalia Bam and Dr Christo Wiese are not only being . . .
Growsmart is an inter-school literacy competition for learners in Grades 4, 5 and 6. It is a Growthpoint Properties corporate social responsibility initiative and is supported by the Western Cape Education Department. Two hundred schools have been selected by the WCED to participate in the 2015 competition, fifty schools per District. The broad purpose of the competition is to promote the importance of literacy in a practical and fun way that will benefit both the schools and their learners. The competition will focus on English literacy. Growsmart newspapers will be produced from which the bulk of the competition questions will be drawn, the content of which will include various subjects in the Curriculum. There will be a ‘practice’ edition which can be use for selecting teams, plus three other editions which will follow prior to each competition Level. The concepts will be expanded through stories and activities to be used for reading practice, enjoyment and comprehension. Each school may select three learners from the pool of learners in Grades 4, 5 and 6. This team will represent their school in the Growsmart literacy competition. The competition rounds will begin on 28th of March and will run over a number of months, culminating in the grand finale which will take place on Saturday the 5th of September 2015. The teams will compete at least once and, if they win that competition round, they will advance to a competition round in Level 2 to be held on a future date. If they win that Level 2 round, they will advance to compete in the final round. Growsmart is not intended to burden teachers with extra work or to interrupt schooling, but will seamlessly add value to literacy work being done in the classrooms. The newspapers will be distributed to the participating schools prior to each competition level in order to prepare all learners for the competition. As this is a whole school approach, there will be sufficient newspapers for each learner in Grades . . .
South Africa Education Market Outlook to 2015 – Opportunities in the Online Education and Teacher Training Market” provides a comprehensive analysis on various aspects such as market size of pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher education sector on the basis of learners, educators, educational institutions, total tuition fees spending. The report also entails market size of private tutoring, online education, teacher training and ICT segment and trends & developments in South Africa education system. The future projections are included to provide an insight on the prospects in the South African Education Market. South Africa education industry offers numerous growth prospects and opportunities in terms of the increase in the number of learners, educators and educational institutions. This sector has witnessed an enrollment of ~ learners in 2010. The industry is still at a nascent stage and has a huge scope for growth. The education sector is highly controlled by the state and central governments. Total number of learners in the industry is expected to reach ~ by FY’2015 with tuition fee spending of USD ~million. Pre-primary education is the education undertaken before entering grade R or Grade 0. Only a small proportion of children attend pre-primary schools due to diminutive provision by provinces, especially children below the age of 3 years. In 2010, Around USD ~ million was spent on pre-primary education as total tuition fees. The pre primary segment is expected to grow in the future attributed to the rising inclination of parents towards educating children from a young age. South Africa’s primary education sector consists of Grade R to Grade 7. Grade R is the reception year of a learner which precedes Grade 1 Primary education is the largest sector in the South Africa education system with maximum number of learners as compared to other segments. This sector held a share of around ~% of the total learners in South Africa in 2010. Secondary . . .
“To provide our delegates with a complete overview of the sector” “Success and sustainability within the power sector will demand a different way of thinking and strategic planning. It will also demand a different skills set from us. We need to empower ourselves and others to build a better future.” So says Daniel Swanepoel, lead facilitator of the upcoming Power & Utilities Management School that is taking place from 11-14 May at African Utility Week in Cape Town in May. The inaugural Power & Utilities Management School is a unique and specialised three-day course for power and utility personnel at all levels of management who want to develop a broad knowledge of the power sector, focusing on reducing risk, mitigating challenges and maximising opportunities. Skills gap in the sector It will also focus on addressing the skills gaps in the sector. Daniel Swanepoel explains: “we need our tertiary education institutions to certainly focus more on technical skills development and with specific focus on the power and utility sectors. This is our future. And this is a reality for the entire Sub Saharan Africa. At this point the utility sector is generally linked to governments and this often leads to political appointments being made whereas people with strategic outlook and the necessary skills set will be overlooked. In the developed world they have learned already that within the utility sector we have to allow public private partnerships in order to be successful. It is the combination that works.” He continues: “at the same time we also lack the skills of presenting a good business case when it comes to putting together a business plan and related documentation for finance. This is more a strategic focus and companies often fail to achieve success in this space.” Complete overview of sector Daniel Swanepoel has a solid background in corporate banking, is specialised in leadership and management development training in the energy sector on the . . .
The dream of winning a Performing Arts Scholarship from the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) can become a reality for three young performers in 2015. In partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity - ACT, South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency, presents the 7th Annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Programme. This premium arts tuition competition is open to Grade 12 learners and individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 who are not considered professionals and wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts. These individuals are encouraged to register for participation in the regional round of nationwide auditions. To afford this opportunity to as many aspirants as possible, auditions will be held in the following regions: 30 June and 1 July: Durban (KwaZulu-Natal) 3 and 4 July: Cape Town (Western Cape) 6, 7 and 8 July: Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) 15 July: Pretoria (Gauteng) 16 and 17 July: Johannesburg (Gauteng) 23 July: Kimberley (Northern Cape) 25 July: Bloemfontein (Free State) 28 July: Potchefstroom (North West) 30 July: Witbank (Mpumalanga) 01 August: Polokwane (Limpopo) "We are thrilled by the growing interest and participation of extremely talented aspiring performing artists over the past few years and we are delighted that for the first time since the programme's inception in 2009 ACT will be hosting auditions nationally,” said Pieter Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer at ACT. Participants will be put through their paces, showcasing their talents in acting, singing and dancing with an exceptional talent in at least one of these disciplines. In addition to preparing the prescribed performances, contestants will also have the opportunity to perform a monologue of their own choice. In previous years the finals have been judged by industry greats and experts such as; Gregory Maqoma, Kim Cloete, Nthati . . .
The 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, which took place from 8-10 March, has helped set the tone for creatives to continue to make things happen. The two and a half day conference entitled ‘Creatives Make it Happen’ presented delegates from different contexts with a platform to meet and learn from one another within creative industries. Thought-leaders and experts in their fields; Kathleen Stokes, Dali Tembo, Nhlanhla Paul Sibisi, Phiona Okumu, Joy Mboya, Michael Rubenstein, Sionne Neely and many others shared their wealth of knowledge with attendees and presented ideas to help them make better use of opportunities available within the industry. “Opportunities to access the broad range of innovative business and best practice ideas in contemporary creative South Africa that were presented by more than sixty dynamic role players at the conference are rare and ACT is proud to have had the opportunity to make it happen. We are privileged to have had a range of valuable partners who collaborated with ACT to share information, knowledge and research with stakeholders of the creative industries with a view to enable, advance and inspire the sector,” says Arts & Culture Trust CEO Pieter Jacobs. The conference gave delegates an opportunity to build relationships through an unprecedented networking feature on the opening night by FoodJams pioneer Jade de Waal. Jade was listed in 2013 in the Mail & Guardian as one of the top 200 Young South Africans. The cluster-based symposium, which covered a range of topics focusing on analysis of the current creative sector landscape, collaborations and creative entrepreneurship opportunities, provided attendees with a refreshing approach to discussions which filtered into social media. Conversations around the conference that trended nationally for two consecutive days on the social media site Twitter, included @rori_set’s reflection: “#Conference #ArtsAndCultureConference #CreativesMakeItHappen just been a . . .
Set to take place in a few days, the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference entitled Creatives Make It Happen, promises an engaging and stimulating programme. The line-up, which boasts a new format and exciting content, will have delegates engage with topics around creating and accessing opportunities presented in their industries, and how creatives can impact society by playing an economically important role. This year’s conference, which offers a different experience from previous years, has established itself as one where innovative and forward-thinking individuals will gather to share ideas that will help stimulate both business and creative sectors. In line with what the conference stands for, presenters opening the third conference are just some of the very people who have made a mark by pushing the boundaries in their industries. The opening cluster, entitled ‘Imagine it’ - taking place at the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) on Bunting Road Campus - will be emceed by international comedy sensation Tats Nkonzo, who will set the scene and ensure participants are well-prepared for the sessions to follow in the cluster-based conference programme. Nkonzo, who recently won the 2014 Montreux International Comedy Contest in Switzerland, is known for his work on stage and television on shows such as SA’s Got Talent and Late Night News with Loyiso Gola. He recently signed a deal with comedy promoters Mick Perrin Worldwide - responsible for South Africa’s very own Trevor Noah, Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran, Ross Noble and Reginald D Hunter. An address by visionary Dion Chang of Flux Trends will consider The Creative Economy 2.0, encouraging those present to ‘stop thinking out of the box and start rethinking the packaging’! Sharing his experiences in the industry as a leading creative thinker, his presentation will look at how a global and local state of disorder may be seen as an opportunity by repositioning . . .