South Africans have been made acutely aware of the need for more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills in the country, especially as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) looms large.

Developing skills is only part of the puzzle though, with finding employment after completing your studies another growing issue locally. To that end Trusted Interns has partnered with the organisers of the STEM Conference & Career Expo to launch a STEM-focused Careers Portal.

Describing the nature of the platform, Trusted Interns says it is “A careers portal dedicated exclusively to connecting graduates and employers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) arenas.”

The Portal is already said to have 5 000-plus graduates listed, along with more than 350 employers registered. There’s also an added incentive for employers with a free online course offered for each graduate hired.

“Our technology will ensure that graduates and employers will not only be able to pre-book meaningful meetings for the two-day period at the STEM Conference & Career Expo, but will continue to connect them well into the future. By way of this partnership, we are confident that this will be the most effective STEM-oriented career-matching expo in South Africa,” notes Jaryd Raizon, director of Trusted Interns.

“The third annual STEM Conference & Career Expo will be taking place from 4 to 5 October 2019, and in the past has enjoyed tremendous popularity among forward-thinking universities, businesses, students and graduates looking to build a career in STEM-related fields. The overwhelming feedback from both visitors and exhibitors over this time has pointed to the need for connection that goes beyond the show dates and supports both graduates and business in harnessing talent and opportunities in the STEM arena all year round,” adds Amalia Hendricks, STEM Conference & Career Expo director.

Hopefully then this new Careers Portal will achieve the objective of helping more STEM graduates find internships and employment opportunities in their chosen field.