Olga Katjiuongua, Manager of the Social Security Commission’s development fund.
The Social Security Commission’s (SSC) development fund availed N$4,7 million to KAYEC for the training of 998 unemployed Namibians over the next two years as part of the National Forklift Operator Training Programme. Olga Katjiuongua, Manager of the development fund said that a service level agreement between the commission and KAYEC had been signed in June last year and final documents have now been signed for the transfer of funds and KAYEC to actively start the training process. Katjiuongua said, “Of the total 998 Namibians to be trained, 896 will receive forklift training for lift trucks, overhead cranes, truck mounted cranes and mobile cranes, while another 102 on the SSC-DF and Men of the Side of the Road databases will be educated and trained in a variety of other areas such as welding, carpentry, electrical installation and bricklaying.”
She said KAYEC would not only provide training, but will also ensure that the trained people are actively promoted to potential employers through internships, apprenticeships and other means.
“It does not help we train them and then they do not find employment. The whole objective is to get our people off the streets and into employment. Only through meaningful employment will we contribute towards our government’s vision of an educated and employed nation,” added Katjiuongua.