The Unit partners with various organizations such as University of KwaZulu-Natal, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban University of Technology, Department of Education and Private Sector to help alleviate the Scarce Skills shortage by implementing the following projects;
  • Career Symposiums: The initiative is targeted to specifically Mathematics and Physical Science Learners in Grade 11 &12 to broaden learner’s knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical professions.


  • Career Expo’s: Career expo’s are usually for Grade 9 learners, aiming to expose the learners to career courses related to Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology offered in institutions.
    Be a Scientist for a Week: This is a University of KwaZulu-Natal initiative that’s aimed at giving grades 10 to 12 learners the opportunity to experience the different science related disciplines and careers hands-on.


  • National Science Week: This is aimed at bringing awareness to Grade 9 leaners of the opportunities available in selecting Science, technology and pure mathematics and science as subjects to pursue to study.


  • Engineering Winter School: The program Learners from various schools were given the opportunity to participate in entertaining exercises to help them enhance their understanding of the Engineering field.


  • Early Childhood Development Programme: The Office of the Deputy City in partnership with Area Based Management, Care for Education - LEGO Foundation and Charity have collaborated their resources in the aid to address the skills shortage in the previously disadvantaged Metro Municipal Areas. Program will provide exposure to young learners in the foundation Phase of learning to explore the world of possibilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in a creative- educational practice, while incorporating the element of fun and problem-solving.


  • Local Olympiads and International Competitions: Learners are given the opportunity to compete with other learners from other schools locally and abroad. The learners were selected based on their performance on the tests and assessments that are conducted. This encourages learners to be the best that they can be at all times. In 2016, four learners were selected to participate on The Wizards at Mathematics International Contest (WIZMIC) in India where one EThekwini learner made us all proud by scoring himself a bronze internationally recognized medal.

Support Services aims to use creativity and innovation to address challenges faced in scarce skills - bring awareness on STEM career fields and to motivate, empower and inspire the youth towards their desired profession within the STEM initiative.