Project Kick Start is a mentorship and educational program, initiated by a group of youth based in the northern parts of Namibia.
Simon Williams of the Project Kick Start team, points out that the project is focused towards a journey of personal and learning development.
He says it is for both theoretical and practical competences for a specific occupational career path.
“Our objectives are to touch lives of many young people by putting to good use our working experience through empowering them,” he emphasises.
He adds that the most important goal of the project is to educate inspiring Namibians to understand that education is primordial for a better job emplacement.
“Therefore mentorship program is managed by a well experienced managerial team with an interest in developing Namibian capacity building and reduce shortage of competency skills,” he notes.
To make the projects successful, he urges business communities, individuals and Government to also come on board by funding young Namibians that enrol in this mentorship program.
The program targets young people from 16 years of age onwards.
“There are so many young people especially in the village that complete their grade 10 and 12 and some who are school drop outs, that never had a chance to get their career opportunities started,” He says.
The courses given consist of hospitality, customer services s some and language lessons as well as the tourism.
“Thereafter, we will introduce courses such as ICT and entrepreneurship trainings. All mentoring programes are integrated competencies are based on training for vocational education.
The program that started in 2010, stemmed from a collaborative and networking team effort of various practitioner in the hotel industry.
The various hotel management whereby the project shaped its foundation are Etuna Guesthouse and Tours Ongwediva, Namibia Lodge 2000, Cheetah Backpackers in Ongwediva.
The program has already some graduates who work in the hotel business in the north (Hotel Destiny, Dolomite NWR and Ekamuti Town Lodge.
The project is currently run only in Oshana Region and Ongwediva.