NYS trainees at Henties Bay not deserted

08 Jul 2015 15:10pm
HENTIES BAY, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - The National Youth Service (NYS) is requesting trainees at the Civic Training Centre in Henties Bay to be patient while management is negotiating ways to have them deployed for voluntary service training.
A total of 88 NYS trainees currently at Henties Bay are complaining that they are being kept at the centre doing nothing after completing their civic training, while 400 others they started with already left for voluntary service training.
The NYS in April 2014 opened a centre at Henties Bay, located 60 kilometres north of Swakopmund. It also has centres at Rietfonten and Ondangwa.
Approached for comment on Wednesday, the NYS Public Relations Officer Johanna Kambala said the organisation is aware of the complaints and are busy negotiating with stakeholders where the youth could go render their voluntary services.
“They must be patient with management. In the next two weeks we will finalise the agreement with a new stakeholder that I cannot mention now. As soon as we are done then they can be deployed,” said the spokesperson.
She noted that it took management some time to conclude the agreement, as they want to make sure that both parties benefit from the agreement.
“It is just a matter of putting ink on paper and everything is sorted. We have also communicated to them about the matter and even gave them the name of the stakeholder we are in discussion with,” Kambala said.
Kambala noted that once all 488 trainees complete their six-month voluntary services training phase, they will go to the Rietfontein centre to do another six or 12 months of skills training before they graduate.
She added that from 2004 to 2014 the NYS centres in Rietfontein and Ondangwa trained 4 800 people.
Kambala said of the 4 800, 2 000 trainees were absorbed in the job market, and are now working in the Correctional Services and Police departments under the Ministry of Safety and Security, as well as the City of Windhoek and some parastatals.
She encouraged trainees to work hard and impress the stakeholders as it might guarantee them employment.
“We also encourage and request our stakeholders to employ our young people, especially the hardworking and dedicated ones, to reduce unemployment in the country,” she said.
The NYS offers a three-phase training programme, namely civic training, voluntary services training and skills training through a variety of programmes.
Civic training is offered for a minimum period of three months and is aimed at uplifting the general level of discipline among recruits; inculcate a sense of patriotism among the trainees; and develop the youth into individuals with good physical and mental endurance, exemplary moral and ethical character, and integrity.
The voluntary service training is offered for a minimum period of six months, during which recruits are posted to serve on various projects that are of national importance around the country.
Skills training involves training in one of the following fields up to vocational training level three - hospitality and food beverage; plumbing and pipe fitting; metal fabrication; joinery and cabinet making; bricklaying and plastering; hairdressing and cosmetology; automotive mechanics; and office administration.
The participants in training get free food, accommodation, uniforms and N. dollars 350 per month in allowances.