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Swakopmund to host WorldSkills Africa 2022

Swakopmund to host WorldSkills Africa 2022

The WorldSkills Africa Competition 2022 is set to take place from Monday 28 March to Saturday 02 April in Swakopmund, boosted in no small way by a N$1 million sponsorship from Bank Windhoek.

WorldSkills Africa tests the competence of a country’s trainees in technical disciplines by pitching them against teams from other countries.

The bank Executive Officer of Marketing and Corporate Communication, Jacquiline Pack said WorldSkills Africa is an essential step in leveraging technical and vocational training as a prominent actor in socio-economic development.

“As a connector of positive change, our support to Namibia’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector is contributing to the establishment of inclusive growth and job creation policies, as emphasised in various national strategies of the Namibian Government, including the Harambee Prosperity Plan 2, the National Development Plan 5 and Vision 2030,” she said.

The Namibia Training Authority’s General Manager of Finance, Uahoroka Kauta, said the bank’s ongoing support helps to position technical and vocational training as support for the youth in responding to expectations in the labour market and the digital economy.

“TVET helps the youth respond to new challenges by providing skills needed in the knowledge economy, the blue economy, the circular economy, the green deal, and the digital economy,” he said. “TVET is also about being able to create own jobs and businesses. Thus, WorldSkills Africa Swakopmund 2022 represents an excellent opportunity to promote these values and technical expertise to the younger generation, and we appreciate the bank’s support.”

More than 100 competitors from 11 African countries are to compete in sixteen different technical and vocational trade areas at the event, including an international conference and a careers exhibition.

WorldSkills Africa Swakopmund 2022 takes place under the auspices of WorldSkills International and the African Union. Namibia was bestowed the right by WorldSkills International to host the second edition of WorldSkills Africa, following the inaugural event in Kigali, Rwanda, in 2018.


 

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