Panellists discuss employment opportunities in Africa
Namibia Employers’ Association (NEF) Secretary General, Tim Parkhouse represented Namibia at the Africa Talk Jobs conference which took place on 30 October to 1 November in Addis Ababa.
The conference took place at the African Union headquarters under the theme ‘Equipping the Youth with Adaptive Education and Skills for Employment’.
The conference brought together policy makers, the business community, education practitioners, international partner organisations and youth to discuss effective approaches in education and skills development needed to bring African youth into jobs.
The main purpose of the conference was to showcase the undeniable link and interdependence between education, skills, development, employment and entrepreneurship and to provide a platform for showcasing successful multi-stakeholder approaches of education practitioners on all levels, the business community, and employment services and in policy making.
Parkhouse was one of the panellists on the ‘Successful Approaches for Enhancing Employability’ topic
The panel focused on what the approaches to fostering employability in a formal education context are and discussed what kind of knowledge, skills, and mindsets young people need to have in order to succeed in the 21st century labour market.
In the lead up to the 5th AU-EU Summit in November 2017, concrete policy recommendations for African-European cooperation were discussed at the conference and will be presented at the summit.
The pertinent role of the African business community in fostering youth employment and entrepreneurship will find a special focus at the AU-EU Summit.