The Fourth Annual Hope-Mandeville Disability Careers Expo was held at Hope School in Westcliff on 22 & 23 April 2015. Thirty exhibitors interacted with over 300 learners with a disability, 150 of whom will matriculate this year. They discussed the job opportunities, learnerships and bursaries available to the Grade 12s after they matriculate at the end of this year and several early relationships have been established.

Eleven LSEN [Learners with Special Education Needs] Schools brought learners from Grades 10, 11 & 12. Several other LSEN schools sent staff to observe, with a view to participate in the future.

Big Business, Government, SETAs, SMEs, Placement Agencies, Higher Education, Training & Development, as well as Disability Associations were numbered among the exhibitors.

The event, a joint venture between Mandeville Disability Swimming Club and Hope School, was officially opened by Ms Michelle Alexander, Principal of Hope School. Experienced keynote speakers gave advice on all aspects of employing people with disabilities to the exhibitors. The University of the Witwatersrand and University of Johannesburg gave a joint presentation to the scholars about the options open to them after school, as well as on how to seek employment or tertiary education. Motivational speakers encouraged the young people to believe in their dreams and to vigorously follow their careers of choice.

A full report will be available in due course, including the CVs to date and contact details of all the Grade 12s.

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