2015 Sanlam Namibia Investment Career Expo kicks off

Windhoek: About 36 educational and government institutions are showcasing their services during the three-days seventh Sanlam Namibia Investment Career Expo that kicks off on Tuesday.

The expo is underway from 26 to 28 May at the NamPower Convention Centre in the capital.

Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Project Co-ordinator for Career Expo Helena Ngaifiwa said the main purpose of the expo is to give an opportunity to institutions of higher learning and other training institution to showcase valuable careers, training and study opportunities to Namibian learners.

She said the exhibitors are from institutions of higher education in Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Malaysia

Ngaifiwa said the organiser of the expo with the assistance of the City of Windhoek (CoW) has organised to transport learners from all government schools to take part in this educational initiative.

“We are transporting learners from and to their schools using the CoW buses. Each school is given two hours to find information and engage the exhibitors on their career interests,” she said.

One of the exhibitors, Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) Manager for Marketing and communications Catherine Shipushu said the main purpose to take part in this exercise is to take the service closer to the people for the young people to make correct career decision in the future.

“We want to assist them to make informed decision. Most people do not know about NQA and what we do, specifically when it is comes to quality assurance,” she said.

Shipushu noted that most people make wrong decision by wasting their money and time on the courses and institutions that are not accredited by NQA.

She said it is first time that NQA is taking part in this expo, however, they have been committed to participate in these type of exhibitions throughout the country.

Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)’s Regional Voter Education Officer for Khomas Region Finelda Gaingos said they are aiming to give civic education and encourage school learners to take participate in the upcoming Local Authority Elections later this year.

The date for the Local Authority elections is not yet set.

Local authority councils include all municipalities, town councils and village councils.

“We are also creating awareness for them to know that they can have a career in ECN such as polling official, registration official and planning officers among others,” she said.

Gaingos added that they will also remind the public on how to use the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and their effectiveness thereof.

The expo ends on Thursday.