Gobabis Cosdec calls on youth to come aboard

GOBABIS: The head of the Community Skills’ Development Centre (Cosdec) at Gobabis has called on all unemployed youth in the Omaheke Region to make use of the centre to advance their skills and education.

Sarah Pietersen said in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday that the centre is available to assist the youth in the region to better equip themselves for employment opportunities through skills’ training.

It is open to all, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those who may not have the necessary qualifications to further their education at mainstream tertiary institutions.

“Cosdec is here for everyone, even if you are not academically gifted. Regardless of your qualifications, you can come to Cosdec to acquire certain skills that would put you in a good position to get employment,” she said.

Pietersen thus called on those who had left school and who now find themselves on the streets without employment or opportunities for further studies to make use of the centre.

“You can create skills for yourselves. This institution is here for the youth and the community of the Omaheke Region. Come and register for any course here, it is for your own good,” she reiterated.

Despite being the only vocational centre in the region, the Omaheke Cosdec is yet to reach its full potential in terms of student numbers.

It is now looking at introducing a course on animal husbandry or farming techniques to go with the high demand for agricultural courses in the region.

Cosdec is a vocational training centre which provides competency-based skills’ training to various communities throughout Namibia – primarily for youth and the previously disadvantaged groups – to assist them in participating in economic development activities.

About 40 per cent of the Omaheke Region’s population is less than 15-years- old.

The high rate of unemployment and learner failures after Grade 10 prompted the opening of a Community Skills’ Development Centre in the region.