The NTA is making excellent progress in facilitating Namibia’s maiden appearance at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition, scheduled to take place in August in Brazil. NTA Manager: VET Standards, Sens Shoolongo, who is also the Technical Delegate for WorldSkills Namibia, told The Stakeholder that Namibia was to send competitors for Bricklaying, Plumbing, Joinery and Electrical General, to participate in the bi-annual event. Shoolongo also indicated that the Namibian competitors were soon to depart for South-Korea, where they will train with members of the South-Korean team, in each of these disciplines. “The opportunity for our competitors to prepare for six weeks with their South-Korean counterparts, forms part of the UNESCO Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) Project, which has an overall objective the enhancement of the relevance of VET programmes to skills needs.
Skills experts in each of the three trade areas are also to accompany the competitors”, he noted. Shoolongo is confident that the Namibian team will come back with a medal. “We are not participating for the mere sake of it. Our objective is not only for our competitors to show their mettle against the best in the world and to make our country proud, but that we return home with at least one medal”, he emphasised. WorldSkills International (WSI) is an international skills competition for youth that is held in a different member country every two years.
Competitors from 17 to 22 years old demonstrate their excellence in a number of different skilled trades and technology contest areas. Its mission is to promote, through the cooperative actions of members, a worldwide awareness of the essential contribution that skills and high standards of competence make to the achievement of economic success and individual achievement.
Through competitions held every two years, WSI attempts to raise awareness about opportunities that exist in skilled professions to encourage youth to explore such opportunities. The full Namibian delegation to WorldSkills São Paulo will be introduced at a media conference, which is to take place upon the competitors’ return from their preparations in South-Korea. The 43rd WorldSkills Competition will take place at Anhembi Parque, São Paulo, Brazil, from 11 to 16 August 2015.