The Minster of Higher Education Training and Innovation Itah Murangi-Kandjii said that the state is looking into plans to get vocational colleges graduates into job markets soon after they graduate. Murangi-Kandjii this said this is to avoid graduates ending up on streets and even to assist the ones that needs help to start up their own businesses after graduation.
She said the vocational training and innovation sector is under transformation and this transformation plan is under the Harambee Prosperity Plan and the plan actually involves the ministry and the Namibia training authority to look at a broader curriculum.
This, she said, is to make sure that the trades are up to standard and that graduates are employable and don’t end up on the streets. The Villager understands that programs have been put in place to ensure that graduates that need to start their own business are trained as well, before they set up their own business just to educate them on issues pertaining to business.
“We has set up a program for training entrepreneurs in business skills, you may bricklayer and don’t want to work for anybody after you have graduated that this training teaches the graduates what they need and how to go about it, even university and vocational education trainees and also ﬁnancial agency they can approach and which ﬁnancial institutions that can approach for ﬁnancial year,” she said.
She added that this programme was launched in April this year and the programme has been introduced in all the regions and about 140 graduates have been trained as this is a starting program all over Namibia.
According Murangi-Kandjii, unemployed graduates from all the regions have been selected to be a part of the programme and the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), is keeping record of all students that graduated from VTCs all over the country.
The Villager learnt that central to the development agenda of developing countries is the strengthening and capacity building of technical and vocational education and training and Namibia took the sectors development so seriously that an Act was enacted in terms of which employers pay percentage of their payroll as a training levy in furtherance of training and development.