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Gauteng hosts its annual entrepreneurship and careers youth expo
2017/06/07 Phumla Sekhonyane
The Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) is hosting its annual Youth Career, Jobs and Entrepreneurship Opportunities Exhibition under the theme “A Season of Hope for Gauteng Youth” at the Nasrec Expo Centre, Soweto.  The Expo forms part of the GPG’s Youth month activities.
 
This year’s youth Expo is centered on Tshepo1Million, government’s flagship programme for empowering the youth to play a meaningful role in the economy. The programme is built on a series of partnerships with the private and public sector, and has a specific focus on skills training, job placement and entrepreneurship development. Some of the partners working with government on this programme include big corporates such Hollard, Gijima, Broll, Coca-Cola SA, Micro-soft, ArcelorMittal and many more.
 
The Expo, which is in its third year running, is taking place on 9-18 June 2017. Over 200 exhibitors are confirmed, and they include: The Innovation Hub; IBM; Coca-Cola SA; Regenesys; TVET College, SEDA, IDC and many more. The Expo seeks to minimise search and transaction costs for young people looking for information and services around careers, jobs and entrepreneurship. It also aims to showcase products made by young people and facilitate dialogue between the youth and policy makers.
 
The Expo will officially open on 9 June at 10:00 with a panel discussion on the relevance and importance of June 16 to today’s youth followed by the graduation ceremony of the K53 Learner Driver Instructors.
One of the highlights of the Expo is the launch of the Tshepo One Million programme on 15 June where the Gauteng government and 20 companies that have made commitment to empower young people will sign the partnership agreements.
Tshepo 1 Million started in 2014 as Tshepo 500 000 with the intention to empower 500 000 young people through skills training, job placement and entrepreneurship development.
Due to the success of the programme so far and the enthusiastic support from the private sector, the target has now been increased to one million.  Since the launch of Tshepo 500 000, more than 350 000 young people have benefited from the programme.  

Planned activities at the Expo include the following:

• Relaunch of the Tshepo 1 Million youth empowerment programme, 15 June.
• Exhibition – 200 exhibitors to provide information and services on Careers, Jobs and Entrepreneurship drawn from the private sector. Young people can also look forward to services such as obtaining matric certificates, applying online for admission, health screening.
• Dialogues, seminars and workshops: 30 dialogues on a variety of topics. Former President Thabo Mbeki will deliver the second Annual Youth Month Lecture on 15 June focusing on the life and contribution of the former President of the ANC, OR Tambo.
• Sport and recreation activities including the OR Tambo Social Cohesion Games.
• Cultural performances by up-and-coming and established artists.
• Book fair, cinema and theatre: Kalushi will be screened alongside other movies and young writers will be provided an opportunity to promote their works.
• June 16: National Youth Day programme encompassing wreath laying at the June 16 memorial, a walk by 15 000 youth from Orlando Stadium to Nasrec and official programme at Nasrec to be addressed by the Premier David Makhura.
 
In addition, the provincial government will honour young people through the Premier Youth Excellence and Awards.  Nominations for the awards will officially open on 9 June and close on 15 July.
 
Issued by the Gauteng Provincial Government
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