Namibia’s insufficient skills market a challenge: Kandjii-Murangi

Minister of High Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi says generation and upkeep of a sufficient skills market is one of the biggest challenges facing Namibia these days.

Kandjii-Murangi said this on Tuesday at Ongwediva here during the graduation function of 600 students from the Valombola Vocational Training Centre (VVTC).

According to her, the skills shortage has been identified as also one of the biggest obstacles for the government to reach its economic growth targets.

There is widespread consensus that we are not yet equipped with the skills we need to grow economically, and more importantly, for the necessary employment growth so badly needed by Namibia's large number of unemployed individuals, the Minister explained.

She emphasised that there is an increasing concern about the high rate of unemployment in Namibia on one hand and the shortage of specialised skills on the other.

Kandjii-Murangi indicated that the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) imparts skills on the trainees to become self-employed, to lobby others for their companies and eventually contribute to the country's economic development.

In this connection, Kandjii-Murangi encouraged the graduates to use the skill they have acquired in their training to create employment for themselves, employ others and become Namibian renowned entrepreneurs.

She singled Ben Hauwanga of the BH Group of Companies as the VVTC graduate and now a renowned Namibian entrepreneur whose good example the graduates should emulate.

Speaking on behalf of all graduates, Henok Pangeiko admitted they have acquired the skills that would enable them to create jobs for themselves in order to be able to contribute to the economic growth of the country.

The graduates received training at VVTC from November 2016- June 2019 and they received level three national certificates in the fields such as Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Bricklaying and Plastering, Clothing Production, Automotive Mechanics, Commercial Cookery and Electronics.

Source: Namibia Press Agency