CHIETA rolls out career guidance programme

The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has rolled out a career guidance programme to help learners identify professions that suit their interests.

CHIETA on May 22 held a day long capacity workshop in partnership with Maluti Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) College (Kwetlisong) Campus and P&T Technology in Phuthadijhaba in the Free State.

The workshop attended by 41 students from three local schools – Ranstane Secondary, Mampoi High and KgolaThuto Secondary - was organised to “Capacitate TVET Colleges for World Skills Build up and beyond.”

Learners were taught how to use their own results from the assessment to work through activities, which guided them towards a career that aligned with their interests, values and aptitude. 

The activities were drawn from a workbook specifically designed to facilitate career guidance using psychometric assessments, which the learners completed.

These learners were encouraged to actively participate, interact with the presenter and get clarification on anything they did not understand. Videos, audio recordings, individual activities, discussions and practical examples were used to teach the learners.

The workbook contains a career dictionary, which describes over 300 career opportunities.

During the training, learners are helped to narrow their options down to three careers by the end of the workshop. It starts with the definition of a career, understanding the difference between a job, an occupation and a career.

The learners then explore their career goals and life in general before identifying and overcoming barriers to deciding what career path to follow. They are then helped to explore the options available to them once they complete matric and this is done through looking at the different types of universities.

The choices include traditional universities, universities of technology and comprehensive universities as well as TVET colleges. Learners evaluate choices after metric which include starting a business, finding employment and gap year options. The trainer also provides the learners with information about various financial aid options, which include scholarships, bursaries, loans and government loans/bursaries.

Learners get information about doing a budget and considering accommodation as well as transport options when studying. They are also taught how to calculate APS for university applications and realising that both the subjects, which they choose and the marks they achieve are important to gain entry to their chosen study fields.

Other activities include ensuring that learners choose the right subjects by learning how to match subjects to careers, discovering how to approach research for the careers they have selected and discussing how to conduct job shadowing.

Feedback after the workshop showed that there was still more work needed in the area of career awareness and preparing learners for their preferred careers.