Over 300 active Men on the Side of the Road

Only 364 members out of 1 295 members registered with the Men on the Side of the Road (MSR) as job seekers are actively involved in finding employment through the organisation. 

MSR has also started registering of women and youth who are seeking employment this year and is now involved in mobilising school dropouts to register, the Training and Public Relations Coordinator Hilya Kambanda told The Villager. 

This year the organisation has so far registered 15 women as job seekers. 

“This year we have decided to bring women on board as well as all other job seekers. We have to change the focus from only concentrating on men as women are also job seekers although they might not be on the side of the road as job seekers. There are women and youth out there needing work,” she said.

She added that the organisation had co-operated partners that also seek job seekers from their offices and have signed agreements with such companies for possible employment of the members registered with the organisation.

Job seekers have to attend workshops that are offered as part of orientation before they are registered.  

“We facilitate two workshops before registration of any new member. We are only registering unemployed person it is a requirement, and this unemployed person must not be doing further studies at any of the higher learning institutions and those that have attended school up to Grade 10 and 12 are assisted by the organisation to enroll at any vocational centre countrywide,” Kambanda said.

The registration is free of charge for those seeking for work as well as those who employ the services of Men on the Side of the Road for permanent or temporary work.

MSR has partnerships with vocational training centres such as KAYEC Trust; KAYEC forklift; Women at Work; NAMCOL and Katutura Community College and members of the organisation that are interested can join these vocational training centres through the organisation for training and the organisation will assist them by paying for them The Villager learnt. 

“There are still people that do not want training but jobs, so we have one wing for training and one wing for job placements.  

“For job seekers whenever we get calls from companies that are seeking to employ whether is temporary or permanent we always hook them up whenever we are approached,” Kambanda said.

She further added that their organisation does not currently have international donors but only a few corporate companies on board, although it is looking into getting more donors for assistance.

Kambanda has also said that the organisation wants to have many people trained as much as possible, but the funds are limited as training offered by the vocational training centers is costly, and the organisation is trying its best to secure more sponsors.

 She has also asked employment providers to consider only those who provide proof that they are registered with the MSR.

“It is not everybody that is registered that sit at our stations. Some of the job seekers are not registered, and this is very complicated.

“We want employers to demand to prove whether this person is a member before they employ them. All members have membership cards, and employers can call and make sure whether the card is legit before they employ,” she said.