The employment landscape in South Africa presents many challenges. Many industries are facing skills shortages while unemployment remains high. Conversely, there are myriad opportunities in the engineering and built environment industry, but the problem lies in finding these opportunities and connecting them with the appropriately skilled professionals.
To solve this challenge, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) has launched an innovative new platform that enables members to network and engage with potential employers and like-minded individuals. Aptly called SAICE Connect, this platform allows potential recruiters to find your resume and is designed to help engineers, technicians, and technologists to engage and grow their careers.
Vishaal Lutchman, SAICE CEO, says: “We are excited to launch this platform. We foresee that it will become a go-to portal for connecting employers with skilled engineers, connecting mentors and mentees, and helping qualified engineers, technicians or technologists to find steady work in South Africa.” He says that while many engineers have left the country in search of work, there is in fact plenty of work to be done locally. “The problem isn’t a lack of opportunities; the problem has been a historically disjointed industry in connecting skills with the work required. With SAICE Connect, we are helping align the various fields of the built environment landscape to see a more prosperous industry.”
The platform is available free of charge for SAICE members that may not have employment at this time, by registering under a variety of categories. Registration can be done for one-on-one, online and group mentoring; subcontracting for projects or fixed term; working for a consultant, sub-contractor, contractor, developer, government department, municipality, or state-owned enterprise; working in an office or on-site; business start-ups or consortiums; full-time or part-time academic work; and technical online or in person training opportunities.
- Those that are looking for employment or a mentor can register online here: https://saice.xenon.co.za/connect.php.
- Those seeking employees or for those who would like to mentor: https://saice.xenon.co.za/connectsearch.php.
“This platform provides an opportunity for our members to progress and grow their careers in a difficult economy. It offers endless possibilities to help you grow as an individual and as a company whilst SIACE continues to lobby government to unlock a resilient and sustainable project pipeline,” concludes Lutchman.
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