Ipinge urges vocational trainees to empower themselves

27 Feb 2018 18:20pm
OKAKARARA, 27 FEB (NAMPA) - Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge on Tuesday urged Namibians studying at vocational centres to seize the plethora of opportunities their studies create to empower themselves.
Ipinge was speaking to nearly 900 trainees of the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre in the Otjozondjupa Region at their 2018 academic year official opening.
He said it is the technical and vocational training centres that can capacitate and transform students from mere thinkers to artisans.
Graduates from theoretical institutions often seek jobs in white collar establishments, whereas graduates from the technical schools use the skills acquired at vocational centres to make a living by working for themselves, the governor said.
“I would like to urge you to study at vocational centres and become entrepreneurs and wealthy people once you create your own companies,” he said.
Okakarara Constituency Councillor, Vetaruhe Kandorozu on his part thanked the leadership of the vocational training centre for their continued efforts in producing skilled and equipped graduates who contribute to Namibia’s economy. “In today’s world, technical and vocational education is viewed as a global tool for economic productivity and poverty eradication,” he said.
Kandorozu also urged trainees to be disciplined and refrain from alcohol and drug abuse.
Chief Executive Officer of the Central Northern Regional Electricity Distributor, Mburumba Appolus and Centre Manager of the Okakarara vocational Penson Mootu amongst others also attended the event.
The centre offers programmes in auto mechanics, hospitality, office administration, welding and metal fabrication, carpentry and joinery, electrical, hairdressing, bricklaying, plastering, plumbing and pipe fitting.
Namibia has vocational training centres in the Zambezi, Kavango East, Eenhana, Oshana, Omusati, Otjozondjupa and Khomas regions.