Short courses boost employability

The Reconstruction Living Labs Namibia (RLabs), under the auspices of the Namibia Business Innovation Institute, held its seventh graduation ceremony last semester. Approximately 70 unemployed young people were awarded certificates in various short courses.

The overall aim of the training was to equip the youth with much needed skills to increase their chances of entering the job market as entrepreneurs. The courses include, Social Media Management, Project Management, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Photography and Events Management.

“Empowering young people and ensuring their participation at all levels will help them shape a better and more equitable future for all,” noted the Executive Director of the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, Emma Kantema–Gaomas.

She added that: “Our youth are our most precious resource for national socio-economic and technological development. I am delighted that this cohort of graduates has sought alternative paths to employment and a stable livelihood.”

NUST actively encourages innovation and community engagement as part of its mandate and its vision to become, not only an entrepreneurial, but a wold-class institution.
The Finnish government supports Namibia in creating new opportunities for young people and encouraging entrepreneurship, through funding initiatives such as RLabs.

The concept originated in South Africa in 2008 and to date it operates in 22 countries worldwide. The courses are free of charge for unemployed youths and other members of the community, but organisations, businesses and entrepreneurs who require specialised training are charged.

Date: 
Friday, February 8, 2019
for Month: 
February, 2019

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