Namibia’s insufficient skills market a challenge: Kandjii-Murangi

24 Sep 2019 15:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 24 SEP (NAMPA) – Generation and upkeep of a sufficient skills market is one of the biggest challenges Namibia faces, Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi has said.
Kandjii-Murangi was speaking at the graduation of 600 students from the Valombola Vocational Training Centre at Ongwediva on Tuesday.
She said skills shortage has been identified as one of the biggest obstacles to the government reaching its economic growth targets.
“There is widespread consensus that we are not yet equipped with the skills we need to grow economically, and more importantly, for the necessary employment growth so badly needed by Namibia’s large number of unemployed individuals,” the minister explained.
She said there is increasing concern about the high rate of unemployment in Namibia on one hand, and the shortage of specialised skills on the other.
“Technical and vocational education and training equips trainees with skills which can help them become self-employed and eventually contribute to the country’s economic development,” Kandjii-Murangi stated.
The minister encouraged the graduates to use the skills they have acquired in their training to create employment for themselves, employ others and become renowned entrepreneurs.
She singled out Ben Hauwanga of the BH Group of Companies as a Valombola Vocational Training Centre graduate whose good example the graduates can emulate.
Speaking on behalf of the graduates was Henok Pangeiko, who said they hope to create employment for themselves with the skills they have acquired in order to contribute to Namibia’s economic growth.
The graduates received training level three national certificates in courses such as air conditioning and refrigeration, bricklaying and plastering, clothing production, automotive mechanics, commercial cookery and electronics.