Over 700 trainees enrol for vocational training at NYS centre

11 Mar 2019 23:00pm
RIETFONTEIN, 11 MAR (NAMPA) - Over 700 trainees this year enrolled themselves with the National Youth Service (NYS)’s Rietfontein Civic and Vocational Training Centre near Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Officially opening the centre’s 2019 academic year on Monday, Minister of Sports, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni said a total of 506 new trainees were recruited and are expected to pursue their practical training courses at the government-funded vocational training school.

He said about 198 others are senior trainees who also enrolled at the same school this year, bringing the total to 704 trainees recruited in the 11th intake of the NYS since inception.

“This figure is a clear testimony that our young people are starting to understand the importance of the vocational skills development,” said Uutoni.

The minister said the enrolment also indicates to him a hunger among youths to acquire the special vocational skills on the job market or the skills that capacitate entrepreneurship.

Uutoni said a total of 13 000 applications were received from the Namibian youths, adding that those that secured spaces should consider themselves lucky and take advantage of the opportunities.

He urged the recruited trainees to successfully undertake their first three-month civic training, which is aimed at instilling discipline in them, transforming their physical fitness and also shaping their sincere patriotism to the country.

Uutoni called on all vocational trainees in the country to start thinking about job creation rather than to look at Government to offer them jobs.

NYS Commissioner, Onesmus Upindi on his part urged trainees not to resign from their programmes like others did in the past and went back to the streets empty handed.

“I am always hurt to see some of you resigning from these marvellous training programmes, allegedly because the training is tough,” he said.