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Motor industry pushes training agenda

From the left, Ekkerd van Wyk, Managing Director Pupkewitz Motor Division (PMD); Junior Bruwer, PMD’s Chairperson, Gerard Vries, a Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture; and Eugene Shepherd, the Group Finance Director of Pupkewitz Holdings.

The Pupkewitz Motor Division (PMD) hosted a career day late in September for representatives from the educational sector and recruitment agencies, to advertise the many career opportunities available in the division as well as in the Pupkewitz Group of Companies.

The career day served as platform to discuss strategies to narrow the youth unemployment gap.
According to Ekkerd van Wyk, PMD’s Managing Director, their need for employees is due to the complexity and growth of the industry and intense demands from the public on a daily basis. “Very few people are aware of the exciting job opportunities within the motor industry, and other than the general expectation, PMD covers all eight disciplines of a business management environment.
The company’s training bill for this already exceeds N$3 million including those employees and interns who are attending the Commercial Advanced Training Scheme (CATS), Vocational Training Centres (VTC) and the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT). “The motor industry is one of the fastest growing Industries and has grown roughly by 300% during the past 10 years, creating an immense shortage of skills. As we all know unemployment is very high but at the same time the motor industry experiences an acute skills shortage” commented Junior Bruwer, the Chairperson of the Pupkewitz Motor Division.

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