Over 500 trainees graduate at Okakarara VTC

More than 500 trainees on Thursday graduated with level three certificates in different fields at the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre.

Several speakers at the event discouraged the 510 graduates from being jobseekers, but become job creators by venturing into entrepreneurships.

The Okakarara Vocational Training Centre Manager, Penson Mootu at the event said the vocational offers technical courses in auto mechanic, bricklaying, carpentry, clothing production, general electrical, hairdressing, hospitality, office administration and plumbing amongst others.

Mootu said each field this year produced capable graduates, majority of them in office administration with a total of 111, followed by hospitality and tourism 82 graduates.

The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi who was the main speaker told the graduates that their time to contribute to the economy of the country has come, adding that she only wants to see them creating job opportunities.

As we formally send you off to the world, I see an assembly of entrepreneurs and I am filled with confidence that our Namibia tomorrow is stronger as it will be changed by you who are carrying the potentials to transform it, she said.

Kandjii-Murangi then encouraged them to appropriately apply their acquired practical skills mostly by looking for business opportunities, saying opportunities needing their technical and practical skills are endless in Namibia, Africa and the world.

The minister said the technical and vocation skills played key roles in developing other nations, and therefore these graduates should become the backbone of the Namibian economy and become instrumental in addressing the dilemma of unemployment.

On his part, Otjozondjupa Youth Forum chairperson, Golden Katjatako in an interview with Nampa after the graduation called on the national leaders spearheading the vocational skills development programmes to formulate curriculums that will include entrepreneurship courses to become compulsory subjects to all the trainees.

Katjatako said the problem with most of the graduate trainees who become businesspeople is in business management, alleging that most of them do not know how to run or expand their businesses to different regions.

They definitely need entrepreneurship courses. Entrepreneurship should become a compulsory subject so that they know how to run their businesses and expand them to the global arena, he said.

Another speaker, a businessman and product of the Windhoek Vocation Training Centre, Parastus Nepolo who delivered the motivational speech at the event warned these graduates trainees against alcoholism.

Alcoholism is very bad for a technical graduate. We need to be humble and penetrate the African continent with the technical skills we acquired, so that we can compete with other on the global market, he said.

The 12th graduation of the Okakarara vocational this year was also attended parents and different professionals.

Source: Namibia Press Agency