Informal Economy Development Forum Youth Chamber (IEDFYC) Empowers Youth in Construction at SAWIC Relaunch Event

The Institute of Engineering and Design for Youth and Construction recently had the privilege of attending the South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) relaunch event, which focused on the theme “Youth in Construction.” The event took place on Friday, 28th July 2023, at the University of Western Cape (UWC) Campus from 10:00 to 17:00. The primary aim of the event was to empower and inspire young individuals to explore opportunities in the construction industry. This article highlights the significance of the event, its impact on the youth, and the involvement of key stakeholders in fostering the growth of young professionals in the construction sector.

Empowering the Youth in Construction

The construction industry plays a crucial role in shaping the development of any nation. It not only creates vital infrastructure but also provides substantial employment opportunities for the youth. However, the sector often faces challenges in attracting young talent due to various misconceptions and lack of awareness about the diverse career paths available. The “Youth in Construction” event organized by SAWIC aimed to address these issues and empower the youth to consider a rewarding career in construction.

Motivational Talks and Inspirational Sessions

The event offered a platform for industry leaders, experienced professionals, and successful entrepreneurs to deliver motivational talks and share their inspirational journeys. Through these sessions, attendees were exposed to real-life success stories, highlighting the potential for growth and impact within the construction industry. Such experiences not only instilled confidence but also shed light on the myriad opportunities available, ranging from architecture, engineering, project management, and sustainable construction practices.

Engaging with Key Stakeholders

One of the significant advantages of the “Youth in Construction” event was the presence of key stakeholders from government, private sector companies, and young professional groups. These stakeholders not only offered valuable insights into the industry’s current trends and future prospects but also interacted with attendees, providing them with networking opportunities. Building connections with such influential figures can open doors for career prospects and mentorship, offering guidance to aspiring individuals in the construction sector.

Promoting Diversity and Inclusivity

The event also emphasized the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the construction industry. Traditionally male-dominated, the sector is now making strides towards gender equality and embracing individuals from diverse backgrounds. Through panel discussions and talks on diversity and inclusion, the event aimed to break barriers and encourage everyone, irrespective of gender or ethnicity, to consider construction as a viable career option.


The IEDFYC’s participation in the SAWIC relaunch event under the theme “Youth in Construction” proved to be an enriching experience for both the organization and the attendees. By empowering the youth and motivating them to explore opportunities in the construction sector, the event paved the way for a new generation of skilled and passionate professionals. The interaction with key stakeholders provided valuable insights and networking opportunities, further enhancing the prospects for young individuals seeking a path in construction.

As the construction industry continues to evolve and adapt to changing times, events like these play a crucial role in nurturing talent and fostering innovation. IEDFYC remains committed to supporting initiatives that promote the growth and development of the youth in construction and looks forward to future collaborations aimed at creating a brighter and more sustainable future for the industry.

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