By Confidente Reporter
THE Karibib Gemstone Centre recently hosted its second annual graduation ceremony for its cutting and polishing trainees.
Every year, an average of 30 students are registered for the course and subdivided into two groups which they attend in different semesters.
The first in-take is done in February to July and the second is from August till December. This is the second graduation ceremony for 2016 for the trainees in gemstone cutting and polishing.
Training includes a theoretical component and practical activities. In order to inculcate entrepreneurial skills, students also receive elementary training in how to run and manage their own businesses.
The Gemstone Centre has been operational since 2008 and what started off with just six students can now accommodate an average of 30 students per annum. The centre does not only operate as a training centre, but a tourist hub for the visitors passing through the town of Karibib, thus creating downstream benefits for the local businesses.
“We are proud to announce that thus far, the centre has trained more than 200 students and we have a report that 85 of our students have found jobs in the mining industry. We are credibly informed that our graduates are doing a good job out there and the mining industry has shown great interest and therefore lending support to Karibib Gemstone Centre by providing jobs for the graduates,” Wessel Nanuseb said delivering a keynote address on behalf of the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Trade, Gabriel Sinimbo.
He added that just recently, Ankit Gems Windhoek requested a number of seven to eight graduates from the centre, which is an honour because companies are willing to provide technical experience to the graduates.
“The Harambee Plan for Prosperity which was launched earlier this year, by His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob, the President of Namibia, outlines areas in which the Namibian government and the private sector should work on in order to develop and complement the National Development Plans and Vision 2030,” said Nanuseb.
Nanuseb explained that one of the key components outlined in HPP is “spirit of entrepreneurship which results in youth enterprise development”.
He therefore encouraged the graduates to use the skills they acquired to start their own businesses urging them to seek out mentorship programmes which are available from the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development to help successfully run their business.
“Remember, you are the future leaders of this country and our economy and the realisation of the Vision 2030 goals rely on the youth,” he concluded.
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