Self-employment, vocational training underutilised by youth: Kapere

14 Jan 2018 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JAN (NAMPA) – Self-employment of the youth and vocational training in Namibia are underutilised, Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council (NYC), Mandela Kapere has said.
Speaking during an interview with Nampa on Thursday, Kapere said it was disappointing that the youth still viewed the University of Namibia (UNAM) and Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) as the only institutions in the country to getting an education and skills development.
He added that the vast Namibian youth had to see vocational training as their number one priority, because the nature of employment was changing.
“A number of studies have been done in the world [which] show that as artificial intelligence and automation and mechanisation of jobs become critical, it is unlikely that we are going to see significant jobs being created,” he noted.
He further added that from a policy perspective, under the Harambee Prosperity Plan, there is a significant emphasis placed on increasing the number of opportunities in vocational training.
He also indicated that most of the youth were employed in precarious and low-paying sectors of the economy, where skills were not required.
These sectors are namely agriculture, retail and working in private households where labour conditions are tenuous.
The NYC however would like to see the majority of the youth employed in a labour market where the youth can utilise their skills, be well remunerated and make a decent living.
Kapere suggested that the youth should thus be encouraged to develop skills and talents and to be multi-skilled.
“The traditional 08h00 to 17h00 job is not going to exist in the future. Companies will engage people on a consultancy basis and no longer employ lifelong workers, therefore the youth should be prepared,” he said.
He also said technological innovations would impact some sectors like transport which would result in job losses.
He said young people who own these kinds of businesses need to prepare themselves in terms of how they deploy technology to compliment consumer needs.