Over 300 NYS trainees expected to graduate at Rietfontein

GROOTFONTEIN: Over 300 trainees at the National Youth Service (NYS) training centre at Rietfontein are expected to graduate on Thursday.

NYS Manager for Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Johanna Kambala said during a media briefing at Rietfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region on Wednesday that a total of 309 trainees will receive Second-Level Certificates on Thursday.

“We were supposed to witness 458 trainees graduating on Thursday, but 149 of them already got employment offers somewhere, and we cannot force them to be here with us on Thursday,” she explained.

The trainees will graduate in various three-year courses like hospitality and tourism, hairdressing, auto- mechanics, joinery, pipefitting and plumbing.

Education Minister, Dr David Namwandi is expected to officiate at the graduation.

Kambala said the trainees started their courses by first undergoing basic civic training, which prepared them to be physically strong.

The civic training programme lasted for between three and 12 months.

The trainees were assessed by the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), and will receive certificates accredited by the Namibia Qualifications’ Authority (NQA).

The NYS has training centres in the Otjozondjupa, Erongo and Oshana regions, and aims to also establish training centres in the 11 other regions of the country.

Meanwhile, it is expanding the one in Rietfontein, which is expected to be completed before the end of this year.

On completion, the new college will accommodate approximately 800 trainees per intake.

Thus far, about 4 000 trainees have graduated from the NYS since 2008 when it became fully-operational.

The institution was established by Government in 2005.