Governor calls on youth to value vocational training

12 May 2017 07:20am
OSHAKATI, 11 MAY (NAMPA) – Oshana Region Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa has urged youth not to take vocational training for granted, emphasising its importance to the extensive creation of youth employment.
Kashuupulwa said this during the handover of N.dollars 159 000 in training sponsorship to the Ondangwa Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC) by the Oshana Regional Skills Development Programme (RGSDP) at Oshakati on Thursday.
The governor was speaking to 49 unemployed youth beneficiaries from different constituencies in the Oshana Region, who will receive three months of training in courses of their choice at the centre.
“Vocational studies actually provide survival skills to the youth who are committed to making a meaningful contribution to the development of Namibia,” he said.
The sponsorship was made available through the NAMSOV Community Trust (NCT) in support of the regional governor’s endowment programme.
The sponsorship will cover the beneficiaries’ full tuition, meals and accommodation at the COSDEC.
Kashuupulwa during the handover expressed appreciation towards the NCT for the generous donation, which he said will contribute significantly towards the implementation of the RGSDP.
“I am convinced that this training programme will supplement the efforts of the government in accelerating youth development and the fight against unemployment and poverty.”
The RGSDP was initiated with the purpose of building the technical capacity of the youth for them to secure employment opportunities or establish their own business.
COSDEC Ondangwa Centre Manager, Patrick Masiziani assured Kashuupulwa that the funds would be used to produce graduates with a high quality set of skills.
The programmes in about seven trades are expected to commence on 15 May.
COSDEC also trains inmates from different correctional facilities and about 33 inmates from Oluno Correctional Facility are expected to commence with training soon after the youth’s training is complete.