For the past two years SAICE’s Young Members Panel (YMP) has been hosting, nationally and internationally, road-shows that have yielded great success in reaching the young minds in preparing them for the working world. The aim is to provide the student in their third and final years with the necessary tools, skills and mind-set to embark on the journey of being active, efficient and effective engineering professionals. Industry provided much-needed support and sponsorship for the event, which saw an innovative approach to the traditional way of hosting the road-show.
The new method saw a change in the preparation, execution and programme of the road-show. It has always been an objective of the YMP to regionalise the road-shows and to include the local branch (Johannesburg Branch) in the preparation and execution of the event. Through doing this, the actual programme exposed the students to more industry players through career exhibition, having guest speakers as well as hosting an interactive networking event.
The day itself had a delayed start due to the logistics students arriving from the Johannesburg, Tshwane and the Vaal Universities and Universities of Technology. However, once the ball started rolling continued all day long much to the delight of the students, the sponsors and the organisers present.
The students’ attention was captivated by speakers such as Professor Marwala of UJ, Liesel Kisten of ECSA, Dr Martin Van Veelen and Peter Kleynhans,the current President and President- Elect of SAICE respectively, and Nompumelelo Buso of the Zimbabwean Institute of Engineers. Of course the ‘usual crowd’ of Oliver, Matimba, Makotsene, Phuti, Zukiswa and Tshidi continued to dazzle the crowds with their presentations.
Many thanks to the sponsors, guest speakers and participants of the day:
EsorFranki, the Johannesburg Branch, SRK Consulting, Goba, HHO Africa, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC), Royal Haskonining DHV, CESA and the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA) Engenius for participating in the day and providing much-needed professional and industry support.
We hope that the YMP Gauteng Road-Show formula and the relationships built with industry representatives will continue to pave the way for a future for young engineers that are both accommodating and inspiring.