The National Youth Service (NYS) was established by the National Youth Service Act 2005 to deliver relevant national services and offer recognised skill training and personal development programmes to the youth.
It is positioned to provide the stipulated skills through the requisite institutional capacity while engaging in income generating ventures with national development goals.
The NYS serves as a meeting point for the youth from various social and cultural backgrounds to enable them to share common experiences and encourage the notion of equality.
Moreover, it provides opportunities for the youth to further their studies and train at length to enhance their opportunities.
The youth institution also developed and implemented a vocational training curriculum in 2008. The training programme consists of civil training, national voluntary service and skills training. From 2008 to date, NYS has had an intake of 3 109 youth members.
In order to apply for entry into the NYS, one needs to be between the age of 16 and 34, with no prior conviction of any offence. The applicant should also not be enrolled in any formal education at the moment of the application.
At its inception, NYS first acquired infrastructure in Rientfontein. Soon after, more infrastructure was acquired in Ondagwa, Henties Bay, Stampriet, Omauni, Eunda and the NYS Modern College.
In the national voluntary services, there are usually a number of trainees in various sectors; the Ministry of Health and Social Service, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, NYS Projects, Oshikoto Regional Council, amongst others.
Because employment is part of its five-year strategic plan, NYS has facilitated 587 youth members in organisations such as the Namibian Police; the Ministry of Defence, Prison and Correctional Services; the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare; as well as the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.
In order to be able to accommodate more trainees, NYS is busy constructing additional facilities (colleges), which will be able to accommodate 800 youth members.
NYS has been involved in many agricultural projects in the past four years. It has also ventured in businesses and registered five businesses with the Ministry of Trade and Industry; in which the youth from the NYS have been involved.