07 Feb 2018 10:20am
ONGWEDIVA, 07 FEB (NAMPA) The Northern Branch of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) and the Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-main (WHKFRM) in Germany have agreed on a project aimed at training panel beaters and spray painters in northern Namibia.
The three-year project called NAMVOC started last year with the training of 45 panel beaters and spray painters from Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto.
The participants are trained to improve their businesses and eventually meet their customers expectations with top performance.
With our cooperation, we want to improve employment opportunities for jobseekers in the market for the long term, said the projects manager, Alexander Schneider, whilst speaking during the handing over of certificates to the 45 trainees at Ongwediva on Tuesday.
Schneider said they hope to ensure with the training that there are more specialists available to panel beating and spray painting companies in Namibia.
Therefore, we must make sure that the educational content and skills of graduates are more closely aligned to the needs of the companies, he cited.
Speaking at the same event, Oshana Governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa said the project calls for fair cooperation with the aim to acquire appropriate practical skills, technical know-how and acumen of both employees and apprentices in the northern regions of Namibia.
According to Kashuupulwa, bookkeeping is subsequently being added to the training of NAMVOC participants.
The governor said the panel beating and spray painting professions have immense potential in creating self-employment.
The second phase of the project will start in May this year, and will mainly focus on the training of trainers, as well as the further training of the first phase participants.
Project coordinator, Helene Ochs told Nampa that the handing over of certificates was about motivating the 45 beneficiaries to continue with the training.
Jackson Bodyworks, JSN Garage and Leba Zitu Garage received certificates of appreciation for availing their premises to be used for practical training, while Eenhana Vocational Training Centre will be the venue for the next part of the training.
The project will run until 2019.