Vocational graduates make more money: Ipinge

30 Nov 2016 09:20am
OTJIWARONGO, 30 NOV (NAMPA) - The Otjozondjupa Regional Governor has urged Namibians to study at vocational training and community skills development centres (Cosdecs) in order to make more money.
Otto Ipinge made the call at the graduation of 70 students who Tuesday received certificates at the Otjiwarongo Cosdec.
The students received Level-One Certificates after completing practical training in different courses including joinery, plumbing, welding, clothes design, bricklaying and plastering, hairdressing, office administration, hospitality and information communication technology over two years.
Ipinge said the disciplines covered by the Cosdecs are important for developing Namibia.
“I want many Namibians to acquire practical and technical skills in order to build this country,” he said, adding the potential to make money nowadays favours graduates from vocational and technical institutions than those from theoretical universities.
He said graduates of vocational and technical studies make money through their self-made businesses or practical skills acquired, compared to students who specialised in theoretical and social science fields.
The governor said in Otjozondjupa Region alone, most vocational graduates work in railway-related construction activities, road construction and the construction of houses.
Reputable mining companies employ some vocational graduates and pay them decent monthly salaries.
“Those days are gone when we used to say, vocational training or skills development centres do not reward.”
Many graduates from such schools create jobs for themselves and others.