‘Job attachments for students a challenge’: Kandjii-Murangi

30 Apr 2019 18:40pm
OUTAPI, 30 APR (NAMPA) – Higher Education, Training and Innovation Minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi has called on businesses in Outapi to support the Nakayale Vocational Training Centre by offering its students job attachment opportunities.
They can also offer the students employment opportunities upon graduation, the minister said during the ground-breaking for the construction of new facilities for the centre, situated near Outapi, on Monday.
“Alternatively, embrace and support them when they venture into starting their own businesses upon graduation,” Kandjii-Murangi said.
The minister said job attachments, as a crucial component of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) curriculum, are becoming a significant challenge due to a general lack of placement opportunities in the local market.
She gave her assurance that her ministry will continue to create more quality training opportunities for young Namibians with an interest in TVET.
Kandjii-Murangi also called on the people of the region at large to support the training centre.
“After all, this training institution was established to serve you and your needs,” she said.
Jerry Beukes, Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Training Authority which the vocational training centres falls under, told the gathering the expansion of the Nakayale Vocational Training Centre is worth over N.dollars 37 million and will be completed by early 2021.
The new facilities will include a general electrical workshop, building technology workshop, proper change rooms for trainees, a water tower and a three-classroom block with resources.
Speaking at the same event, Omusati Governor Erginus Endjala said the centre was established in 2011 with 74 trainees and 284 trainees are currently enrolled there.
It amongst others offers training in hospitality and tourism, office administration and general electrical services.
Kandjii-Murangi also officiated the ground-breaking for the construction of additional facilities at the Valombola Vocational Training Centre in Ongwediva on Monday.