In a quest to promote engineering as a career of choice, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) along with its Young Professionals Forum (YPF) is hosting a Job Shadow Initiative.The initiative, which coincides with Youth Day on 16 June 2018, is geared towards showcasing the engineering profession, particularly consulting engineering, and also serves as a call to action for corporates in the engineering discipline to develop a pipeline of much needed engineering professionals in South Africa. Commenting on the initiative CESA’s YPF Chairperson Amanda Masondo-Mkhize says the forum stands in solidarity with the students of today as they endeavour to have a South Africa where affordable, quality education is accessible to all students regardless of their backgrounds.
“During Youth Month in particular, the CESA YPF therefore encourages all member firms to participate in the Job Shadow initiative and poster competition which is currently underway and runs till the 31st of July. The Job Shadow initiative allows student to experience ‘a Day in the Life of a Consulting Engineer’ and hopefully will allow students to make an informed decision when choosing a career path after high school,” she explains.In addition, CESA’s YPF is also hosting its Annual Imbizo as well as a series of ‘School Talks’ aimed at promoting Engineering as a career of choice within schools. The Annual Young Professionals Sustainability Imbizo (#YPImbizo), which takes place on the 14th and 15th of August this year, provides networking opportunities and engagement that encourages dialogue that is necessary in order to sustain the future of Engineering.