More than 50 students benefited from Namport since 2008

03 Apr 2016 12:50pm
WALVIS BAY, 03 APR (NAMPA) - Fifty-three Namibian students have had their studies and training paid for by the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) since 2008.
Namport Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bisey /Uirab said this at Walvis Bay on Friday at a media briefing on Namport’s development projects.
Of the 53 students supported, 22 are female.
Thirty of them went for further studies in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, accounting and finance, information and communication technology and law, amongst other fields of study.
“We are making great strides in terms of providing innovative learning and development programmes to ensure 100 per cent availability of critical skills and the development of women,” said /Uirab.
He said vocational education received attention through the awarding of 11 apprenticeship bursaries in the mechanical instrumentation, mechanic petrol and diesel, millwright electrical and electrical fields.
“On the marine side, deck and engineering officer training has been sponsored through our seafarer training scheme which boasts six cadets. with four participating in the deck officer training and two in marine engineer training,” said the CEO.
In terms of maritime studies, Namport has sponsored six students to participate in the ‘Catch them Young’ secondary school nautical studies programme at Lawhill Maritime School in Simonstown, South Africa.
/Uirab explained that this programme serves to attract young people to a maritime career by exposing them to nautical studies during the latter half of their secondary school studies (Grade 10 to 12).
“We have also increased our workforce from 854 employees in 2014 to 1 011 in January 2016.”