Unemployed Otavi youth get entrepreneurship training

29 May 2019 11:00am
OTAVI, 29 MAY (NAMPA) – Thirty-two unemployed youth at Otavi received certificates on Tuesday after completing a 10-day training course in entrepreneurship and skills development.
The training was initiated by the Otavi Constituency office together with the founder of Strategic Management and Consulting Services, Isaac !Hoaeb who is based at the town.
The 32 young men and women on Tuesday received certificates after the short course covering interpersonal communications, customer service, leadership, entrepreneurship and business administration.
!Hoaeb said some local companies sponsored the training, adding that another group of 50 young people have already been shortlisted for the same programme in June.
On his part, Otjozondjupa Governor Otto Ipinge who handed the certificates to the students pledged N.dollars 50 000 from his office as starting capital for the trainees who want to venture into business.
Ipinge tasked the patron of the training programme, Otavi Town Council Chief Executive Officer Moses Matyayi with identifying these business minded students and assisting them in drafting proposals that will guide their businesses.
Ipinge urged the youth to be committed, create employment opportunities for themselves and stop looking at Government for jobs.
“You will be much better off to start up your own income generating businesses where you can make money every day, than to look for a job in Government and receive a monthly salary,” said Ipinge.
The youth expressed the desire to start up businesses around town.
Irene Ubugais said since 2018 she survives by selling perfume in town, noting it is a business with good profit.
Destiny Hoaes said the training inspired her to start an income generating project, explaining it helped her to be a persuasive person and how to run an enterprise with confidence.
“The training empowered me with many new business ideas. I am willing to try setting up a small business project and see how it goes,” she said.
Otavi Mayor, Martha Shipanga expressed her wish to see all unemployed youth around town enrolled for the training and called on the private companies here to support the programme.