Companies should create holiday jobs to curb skills shortage

14 Feb 2014 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – The president of the Institute for People Management (IPM), Tim Ekandjo on Friday called on local industry players to introduce holiday jobs within their companies so as to curb the skills shortage in the country.
Ekandjo was speaking at an industry consultative meeting hosted by the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) in the capital on Friday. He advised local companies to employ Grade 10 and 12 learners, as well as students at tertiary institutions, at an early stage so that they can gain experience and prepare themselves for the job market.
He noted that employers currently complain that university graduates are inexperienced and lack skills, saying the only solution is for companies to form partnerships in order to provide students with work experience.
An added benefit would be that students are taught things like professionalism and work ethics, amongst others.
“We should do this to allow the students not to wait until university. The sooner we teach them the better. It is our responsibility to make sure they get experience,” Ekandjo stressed.
He further expressed concern that Namibia is currently facing a challenge in the form of a high failure rate amongst Grade 10 and 12 learners, describing the challenge as “scary”. He appealed to all stakeholders in education, including parents and guardians, to address this challenge.
IPM is an organisation aimed at enhancing the skills set and level of Human Resource (HR) practitioners.