Capricorn Group commits N$600,000 towards entrepreneurial training programmes

Martin Endjala

The Capricorn Foundation, in one of its key focus areas of economic advancement, has committed N$600,000 towards training programmes to create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, for members of the Women at Work and Men on the Side of the Road (MSR) organisations.

According to the Capricorn Group Foundation’s Executive Officer, Marlize Horn Namibia is listed among the countries with the highest unemployment rates.

“The Capricorn Foundation recognises its responsibility to support organisations committed to creating job opportunities that contribute to economic growth and address social problems caused by unemployment,” she said.

She added that the Women at Work project aims to support and empower individuals by providing them with the necessary skills to thrive in the workplace.

In Namibia, where many young people lack formal education qualifications, Horn explained that the project offers training opportunities in various areas such as dressmaking, pattern design, hospitality, cooking and baking.

Upon completion of the courses, students receive certificates that can help them secure employment. Apart from technical training, the program also equips students with financial, communication, and life skills.

The Capricorn Foundation committed N$275,000 towards Women at Work, making it possible to further its mission.

The MSR is a comprehensive program that provides training and employment opportunities for the unemployed in Namibia, including men sitting on the side of the road and out-of-school youth and women.

The programme aims to help registered members gain employment by offering vocational training programmes, and it partners with businesses and organisations to facilitate job placements.

This project mainly focuses on youth, unskilled workers, and vulnerable communities who may not have many employment opportunities.

The Capricorn Foundation has committed N$326,150 to MSR to support its training programs. Furthermore, the program aims to encourage community participation and raise awareness about the importance of having a job.

“These projects are not just about numbers but about real people and their lives. As a Connector of Positive Change, the Capricorn Foundation is proud to be part of initiatives that help the unemployed individuals find jobs, become self-employed, and contribute to the economic growth of Namibia,” said Horn.

Richard Kativa, a volunteer at MSR in Swakopmund, became an MSR member in 2021, and he said that the MSR has helped him improve his computer skills.

“This supported me with opportunities to apply for jobs and to register my business following entrepreneurship training that MSR and the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture facilitated. I am happy that I can assist new MSR members today and share the knowledge I have gained,” he said.

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