Pohamba notes importance of work experience

14 Apr 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 14 APR (NAMPA) – Former President, Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on the private sector to provide students with internship opportunities for them to learn and earn experience.
Pohamba, who is the Chancellor of the University of Namibia (UNAM), made the call during the university’s 2017 graduation ceremony on Thursday.
In a statement availed to Nampa on Friday, Pohamba said that with 3 150 students graduating this year, there will be an increase to people looking for jobs that on many instances require experience.
He explained that experiential training at work is important for students studying at various tertiary institutions to complement their education.
“It is only possible if both public and private institutions are willing to open their doors for student internships and practical industrial training,” said Pohamba adding it is unreasonable to expect four to six years of work experience from graduates.
The former President also told the graduates that leaving university and expecting a job was unreasonable but they should rather graduate with the intention of creating jobs for themselves and employing others.
“Namibia needs your knowledge and skills. Use them to harness and exploit the resources that our country is endowed with.”
He also asked them to use their education to add value so as to contribute to Namibia’s industrialisation.
Pohamba was addressing graduates that included 50 medical doctors and 53 engineers.
UNAM has a total student population of 24 731 from Namibia and other parts of the world.