Vocational training must produce entrepreneurs: Kasete

12 Aug 2017 14:50pm
TSUMEB, 12 AUG (NAMPA) – Vice-President and Managing Director of Dundee Precious Metals at Tsumeb, Zebra Kasete called on vocational training institutions across the country to produce entrepreneurs.
Kasete was speaking on Friday at the launch of a programme that allows learners in the formal school system to in parallel take up vocational training at the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT).
The launch took place at NIMT Tsumeb, with 30 learners from local schools Etosha Senior Secondary School (SSS), Tsumeb SSS, Otjikoto SSS and Tsumeb Gimnasium Private School.
The leaners receive vocational training in the afternoons from Monday to Thursday after attending their regular secondary school classes.
They are enrolled in the trades of diesel mechanics, electrical and fitting and turning.
This special programme was initiated by Dundee and NIMT Tsumeb, and was officially launched by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
Kasete said trainees from vocational institutions should be equipped with practical knowledge and skills that enable them to become entrepreneurs who will create jobs with their businesses.
“Can you imagine if the 25 000 students across the country who are registered at different vocational training schools become entrepreneurial and the number of jobs they could create?”
Kasete proposed that vocational training schools produce graduates who after graduation are geared up and able to start their own companies.
He said Namibia is weak in manufacturing and suggested the design of vocational training courses in this area.
“We also need to accept that the digital industrial revolution is here with us and we must prepare our youth to operate in this space,” he said.
Kasete said vocational training must also gradually move away from the use of old training equipment and consider offering training in fully equipped and operational robotic rooms.
He thanked Government on its ambition of setting up vocational training schools in different regions, adding that these new institutions must be different from the operational vocational schools with old equipment.
Oshikoto Regional Governor, Henock Kankoshi concurred with Kasete, saying Namibia needs more skilled artisans who will build the economy of the country.
He said Namibia will do very little in job creation and manufacturing sectors if it continues to produce a large number of graduates for white collar jobs and a few graduates trained in technical fields.
Kankoshi called on successful private owned companies in the country to start funding activities of vocational training institutions and also avail scholarships to students interested in pursuing vocational training in or outside the country.