Discovering Potential at Central Johannesburg College

The Central Johannesburg College for Public Further Education and Training is hosting its third annual Job Fair on 30 November 2010 at the Parktown Campus.  Sponsored by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services (merSETA) and in partnership with the Association of Personnel Service Organisation (APSO), the CJC Job Fair 2010 ‘Discovering Potential’ is a strategic workforce development collaboration.

“Further Education and Training Colleges have been positioned by the Minister of Higher Educating and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, to collaborate with SETAs towards accelerated skills and artisan development to meet 2014 Millennium Goals.  As part of their mandate, FET colleges have developed strategies to align themselves to the education, economic and social development priorities at the local government and national levels. The Central Johannesburg College, through its Centre for Employment and Entrepreneurship Development (CEED) aims to introduce the Job Fair concept in the new landscape of strategic convergence of FET colleges, SETAs and universities to realise the framework of Occupational Learning Systems” says Motsumi Makhene, Principal of Central Johannesburg College.

The CJC partnership with APSO for CJC Job Fair 2010 creates a dynamic collaboration between FET colleges and employers, through recruitment firms, to contribute towards the identification and coordination of employment opportunities for exit students and alumni.  “CJC Job Fair presents a perfect opportunity to bridge the gap between the world-of-work and education by building a system of talent search among FET college graduates.  Critical in the said system is the pre-job fair training and preparation of exit level students and alumni in an intensive program of career and job readiness clinics to complement weaknesses in the curriculum and enhance foundations of employability,” says Makhene.

The fair will take the form of an exhibition where businesses from both the public and private sectors will be able to showcase their companies and allow their Human Resources (HR) and Skills Development personnel to meet with students to discuss opportunities within their organisations. A seminar where volunteer speakers will share their experiences on career, interview skills, employee values and related topics will run concurrently to the exhibition. In addition the merSETA and CJC will share the latest information on skills development and opportunities for labour market collaboration with the participating companies.

Over 500 Central Johannesburg College exiting students and alumni who have completed the Job Fair Training Programme have been invited to attend the Job Fair where 40 businesses will be exhibiting. CJC’s FET students are required to complete 18 months on-the-job training before they can graduate and it is hoped that the Job Fair will give them access to internship opportunities as well as prospects for long-term employment following graduation. Entrepreneurial development and mentorship will be encouraged to address the high unemployment rate by creating more self-employable graduates.

For more information on the CJC Job Fair 2010 please e-mail jobfair2010@cjcceed.com or alternatively contact the CJC Job Fair Manager Koki Kassaye on 011-642-1993.

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mig33 Launches Game Developer Program

mig33, the world’s largest mobile-first community, today introduced its new mig33 Game Developer Program, giving social game developers the promise of fast, easy and profitable access to its 40 million registered users and fast-growing virtual economy.

For mig33, the new program will radically expand its social game offerings, which already enjoy over 1 million game plays in Q3 this year.

In turn, social game developers worldwide now have access to the 40 million registered mig33 users who access the mobile social entertainment service via its J2ME downloadable client, WAP site and web.  The new program offers developers full API integration support, significant promotion opportunities, virtual goods options, and a generous revenue share.

mig33 also today announced the new program’s initial partners, which include:                                

Blue Leaf Games, an independent South Africa-based gamehouse developing multi-player games for mobile platforms, and developer of Moonbase, a massive multi-player online strategy game in which players seek to rule the moon. “Blue Leaf Games is thrilled to partner with mig33 and bring Moonbase to 40 million potential new players,” said Adrian Frielinghaus, CEO of Blue Leaf Games.

TheMobileGamer (TMG), a publisher of mobile social games for the fast-growing Southeast Asian market and developer of Club Wars, a game in which players manage their own clubs, seek fans, and challenge their friends. “mig33 has built one of Asia’s biggest and most vibrant virtual economies, and TheMobileGamer is proud to be one of its first gaming partners,” said Alvin Yap, CEO, TheMobileGamer.

Kooky Panda Ltd., a Beijing-based developer of more than 300 socially connected Flash Lite games, and publisher of Kooky Pets, in which players create and care for their own pets and “pet homes,” and visit with other pets and pet owners. “As a developer of Flash Lite mobile games, Kooky Panda is all about phone flash fun with friends, which makes us perfectly suited to team with a service as vibrant and fast-growing as mig33,” said Cherry Wu, CEO and co-founder of Kooky Panda.

“This new program opens the floodgates for social game developers who can build smart, engaging games, and who want access to a very large and loyal mobile-first community,” said Steven Goh, CEO and co-founder, mig33.  “For developers, it’s a virtually turn-key opportunity to get a big audience very quickly and generate significant revenue in fast-growing markets.

The new game developer program continues mig33’s push of new mobile social entertainment features.  In 2010 alone, mig33 has launched over a thousand virtual goods, avatar items and games.  Its members purchase more than four million virtual gifts per month, and exchange nearly one billion mig33 messages every day. 

For more information about mig33’s Game Developer Program, please email corporate@mig33global.com or visit www.mig33.com

About mig33

mig33 is the world’s largest mobile-first community, delivering communications and social entertainment to more than 40 million registered members. Everyday, members in over 200 countries engage in chat, share photos, join groups, send gifts, play games, create avatars, call friends, email and much more. The service is available worldwide and optimized for more than 2,000 handsets. Launched in December 2005, mig33 is backed by Silicon Valley venture firms Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and DCM. For more information, please visit www.mig33.com.

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