Wesizwe Platinum promotes careers in the mining sector at local Careers Expo
14 August 2013
The opportunity to inform and expose young people to the wide range of careers available in the mining sector was one that was too good to miss for Wesizwe Platinum as the company participated in the Career Expo, held at the Rustenburg Waterfall Mall from 24 to 28 July 2013.
The location chosen for the event attracted a wide range of visitors, both young and old, and from all walks of life within the Bojanala District (Moses Kotane Local Municipality, Rustenburg Local Municipality, Madibeng Local Municipality, Kgetleng Local Municipality) and from across the entire North West Province. Local community schools were notified of the event and encouraged to visit the event as part of their existing career development information gathering initiatives and studies.
The main purpose of the Career Expo was to reach out to young local residents who were potentially interested in pursuing future careers in mining or mining related disciplines. The event also gave Wesizwe a platform from which to communicate the company’s vision of being an employer of choice and to prepare the industry for its future resourcing needs.
The Careers Expo also practically assisted Wesizwe’s HRD (Human Resources Development) team to raise awareness of the wide range of training and development programmes on offer from the company for local young people. Visitors to the exhibition stand learned about the various Learnerships, Internships and Bursaries on offer as part of the company’s Social Labour Plan. The event provided an opportunity to recruit new learners and interns for the 2013/2014 programmes.
As part of promotional activities to raise awareness of the event and to encourage young people to visit the Wesizwe exhibit, the company’s executives undertook a 30 minute interview with North West FM to promote the company’s presence at the Expo and urging interested young people to visit the Wesizwe stand and interact with the specialist staff in attendance.
In addition to the participation of Wesizwe’s Corporate Affairs and Stakeholder Relations team members at the event, a number of specialist mining technical representatives were also on hand to assist in answering any highly technical questions arising from young visitors.
A questionnaire/ visitors book was also made available on the Wesizwe exhibit providing the opportunity for young people to register technical questions with specialist team members and advisors in the case of specific questions being raised and requiring highly specialist technical answers.