SANRAL is committed to developing skills of learners who express an interest in studying and building a career with SANRAL or similar organisations.
Almost 2000 learners from several high schools in the Free State who were undecided about what career to follow after passing matric left the Career Expo with a good idea of the job they would like to pursue.
The South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Limited (SANRAL) hosted a Career Expo for Grade 10–12 learners in Mangaung and exposed the pupils to SANRAL’s career opportunities, internships and scholarship and bursary programmes.
In addition, 10 other exhibitors showcased opportunities available to learners within their respective organisations.
SANRAL is committed to developing skills of learners who express an interest in studying and building a career with SANRAL or similar organisations within the built environment, specifically in the fields of road infrastructure, environmental management and the civil engineering industry.
Dumisani Nkabinde, SANRAL Eastern Region regional manager, said: “SANRAL needs specialists in fields ranging from engineering to the environment and, more recently, in electronics as it increases the use of technology to detect and respond to incidents, and to keep road users aware of conditions on the national network.
“SANRAL aims to contribute towards strengthening the country’s expertise in engineering and construction through its development programme, and through the bursary and scholarship programmes. These programmes enable young people to further their studies.”
Monageng Mokgojwa, SANRAL Eastern Region Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, was full of praise for the Free State Department of Education for ensuring the Career Expo was supported by schools.
“We are humbled by the partnership with the Department of Education as the Career Expo exposed learners to alternative career choices to empower them to decide wisely.
“We feel honoured by the level and quality of presentations made by all the speakers.”
Mpho Sello, a grade 12 learner from Bainsvlei Combined High School in Manguang, said he was inspired by SANRAL’s involvement in the built environment.
He plans to pursue a career in civil engineering as he loves the challenging aspect and applying for a SANRAL bursary would be a stepping stone to his dream.
Zukiswa Mbali, also in grade 12 at the same school, said she gained broader knowledge about engineering as a career.
“Civil engineering is one of my career options as there is a big demand for women engineers in the industry. Building roads and bridges helps build relationships and better lives in and around communities in South Africa.”
She expressed keen interest in applying for a SANRAL bursary soon.