Skills training: How we work

KAYEC skills training centres in Windhoek and OndangwaKAYEC began skills training services at our Wanaheda (Windhoek) centre in 1995, just after independence, to help combat the nation’s critical levels of youth unemployment. In 2002 we opened our second centre in Ondangwa (see map). Today we graduate up to 750 trainees each year.

In Namibia, nearly half of 15- to 34-year-olds are in need of work, short on key skills that our market demands. Trade schools are a central part of the solution: The National Development Plan 4 calls for vocational education “targeting the entire country,” and Namibia has opened a nationwide network of Vocational Training Centres for students who have finished Grade 10.

Trainees in our 2015 solar installation course, Ondangwa.
Trainees in our 2015 solar installation course, Ondangwa.
KAYEC complements the public vocational system by serving those trainees who still slip through the cracks: Most Namibians do not qualify for a state-run centre, because most drop out of school before completing Grade 10. To help these young people get back on the economic ladder, KAYEC offers a different kind of training: no entry requirements and no high fees, thanks to the sponsors who subsidise our courses. Quality remains high: Our six-month courses are accredited by the Namibia Training Authority (Level 1) and Namibia Qualifications Authority, with additional maths, English and life skills components that our trainees require.

See the full list of our courses here.

The following charts show results from our tracer study in 2015, contacting trainees who had graduated from KAYEC in 2011–2014.

Trainees earn more after graduation, and shift to self-employment after graduation. More recent grads are self-employed, but more long-time grads are salaried.

According to our trainees’ responses, average income goes up after graduation from KAYEC (left chart), and the share of unemployment shrinks (middle chart). With all graduating classes combined (middle chart), the share who were self-employed grew larger after graduation, and the share who were salaried shrank – but when each graduating year is split apart (right chart), trainees were more likely to say they were self-employed the more recently they had graduated. By the class of 2011, the largest share said they had found salaried work.

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