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The SA Student Expo – an African first for the organisers, Student Expo Ltd – promises to be the greatest gathering yet seen of young achievers, their parents and businesses wishing to reach out to this unique audience.
The Expo is being staged at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg on 23 and 24 of November, then at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 24 and 25 November before finally moving to the Durban Exhibition Centre on 6 and 7 December.
The unique event is expected to attract more than 20 000 students, said Heidi Garbade, director of the expo.
The Expo brings together more than 100 exhibitors, including major corporates, financial service providers, professional bodies, real estate firms, developers, motor dealers and tertiary institutions.
In addition, the exhibition programme features daily seminars addressed by speakers from various industries.
Heidi Garbade noted: “The SA Student Expo is a must-do, must-see experience for every pupil in Grades 9 to 12, every matriculant, student, recent graduate and parent. Those looking for information on university requirements, courses, degrees and career choices will find it all under one roof."
“The Expo also provides opportunities for the professions and leading employers to connect with high potential interns and recruits. Nothing like this has been seen in Africa before. Response is unprecedented.”
The Expo began as a plan to address a student accommodation shortfall by creating a touch-point for estate agents, developers, students and parents. Tertiary institutions and other service-providers then grabbed the chance for closer interaction with their target ‘demographic’.
Other needs rapidly emerged, including the needs of high school seniors.
The Expo therefore enables Grade 9 learners to identify appropriate subjects ahead of university entrance while Grade 10 – 11 learners can explore their higher education options and how to apply for a university place.
For matriculants, information is readily available on student loans, transport and accommodation.
“Demand is huge,” said Garbade. “Exhibitors want to ‘show and tell’. Top speakers from the medical, legal and accounting professions need a forum to reach out to the best and the brightest.
“Young people want to learn about options, campus life, careers and how-to skills like drafting a CV. Parents want to do what’s best and want all the information within easy reach.
“The SA Student Expo is the smart response to all these needs … all at one venue in good time for the next university year.”
If you are interested, visit the website.
Entrance is R50p/p and can be purchased via Webtickets.com.
Look out for group discounts: over 50 people = R40p/p; over 100 = R30p/p and over 150 = R20p/p.