The programme is similar to an internship programme but it is tailored specifically for Namibian secondary school learners. It involves an intensive two-week training on the multi-faceted operations within an organisation. Michael Kisting, a Career Guidance Practitioner in the Department of Student Services, gave a presentation that challenged the learners to take charge of their futures. “You are in school for yourself and not for anyone else,” he told the learners. Kisting further cautioned the young people to choose careers in fields that are uncongested to solve the current lack of skills in certain professions.
Carol Millward, an Industry Liaison Officer at the CEU, presented on the importance of Work Integrated Learning. Millward encouraged the learners to seek job-shadowing opportunities during their holidays, an experience she stressed enables one to map out their educational paths. Emma Schreiber, a volunteering intern at UNIC who attended the workshop, shared her experience. “I interned at three different organisations for a period of three months each before arriving at the decision to enrol for an Economics and Philosophy degree at university. I do not think I would be this excited and certain of my chosen course had it not been for the work experience I gained,” Schreiber remarked.
NUST and UNIC recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement that will see the University participating in the High School Practicum Programme every year going forward.
Twenty-three learners in Grades 10 – 12, from Academia Secondary School, Dawid Bezuidenhout High School, Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek, Jakob Marengo Secondary School, Jan Jonker Afrikaner High School, Hochland High School and St Paul’s College attended the workshop.