July 13, 2024

Council For The Built Environment Youth Assembly To Bridge The Gap In The Sector

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The event which attracted hundreds of students and industry peers was herald by experts.

FILE PHOTO: Students, Professionals and Industry Peers at the CBE Youth Assembly launch on June 21, 2024, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. PICTURE: Supplied

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PRETORIA: Students and professionals expressed their excitement and engaged robustly with industry experts.

The Council for the Built Environment continues to provide a necessary platform within the sector. In celebrating the youth month, the Council convened industry leaders and students to launch the Youth Assembly. The event which attracted hundreds of students and industry peers was herald by experts.

In a statement issued by the Council, “[t]he Youth Assembly is dedicated to fostering a sense of community, encouraging active involvement among young people, and providing chances to interact with industry leaders. Its objectives include developing leadership abilities, enhancing personal growth, and motivating youths to be conscientious and active members of society.

“The Assembly will serve as a forum for expressing issues, exchanging stories, and suggesting solutions to address diverse social, environmental, and economic issues, the Council said in a statement.

Students and professionals expressed their excitement and engaged robustly with industry experts.

According to the Council’s CEO, Dr Msizi Myeza, “[t]hrough this initiative, the CBE hopes to bridge the gap between academia and industry, preparing the next generation of professionals for successful careers in the field, while capacitating them to own their voice in offering innovative solutions to the challenges the youth encounters.

“With a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion, the Youth Assembly is committed to creating a supportive and empowering environment for all young people interested in pursuing a career in the Built Environment. This is achieved by conducting workshops and seminars that provide them with the essential skills and knowledge for professional and personal growth,” he said.

CBE is committed in unlocking the potential of youth in the built environment sector. These sentiments were echoed by Thembakazi Moya , the Chief Transformation Officer of the CBE, who further highlighted the significance of empowering youth to spearhead innovation, stimulate economic growth, and foster sustainable development within South Africa’s infrastructure and built environment.

Included among those focus areas where the following key considerations: to establish a strong support system for young professionals via partnerships among government, private sector, and industry stakeholders, to empower young people to contribute to programs and solutions within their sectors, to promote social inclusion and community development through the participation of youth, and to encourage active engagement in the Youth Assembly by signing up for the Built Environment National Logbook (BENL).

The event which presented an invaluable chance for the youth to gain knowledge about the diverse routes and prerequisites for achievement in the Built Environment field, is posed to be ground-breaking initiative by the Council.

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