Windhoek, Oct. 26 – Upholding its commitment to serving the community and continuously improving the lives of ordinary Namibians through its various Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives, Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, MTC, has announced the launch of its latest CSI initiative the ‘MTC 4LIFE.’
MTC 4LIFE, is a socio-economic undertaking embarked on to tackle poverty by mitigating youth unemployment through empowering Namibians to become self-employed within the SME sector.
The project aims to achieve this objective, by providing a training and upscaling program for young people between the ages of 21-35years, to gain practical and entrepreneurial skills with the life-changing opportunities to earn a livelihood in the fields of Photography, Graphic Designer, Barber, Makeup, Nail Technology, Hairdressing, Catering, Sewing, Baking and Manufacturing
MTC will fund the project to the tune of N$ 2.6 million projects,
Shedding light on the exciting project, MTC’s Chief Human Capital, Corporate Affairs and Marketing Officer, Tim Ekandjo explained that
“The project will aid and empower at least 50 youth individuals from all 14 regions, who will be identified to receive business and financial training, and start-up toolkits to allow them to start their micro businesses immediately after training,” said Ekandjo adding that MTC for life is an innovative project that is about making other people’s dreams come true across all business types.
The training will be offered by 10 professionals, from the chosen fields.
In each of the professions identified, MTC has partnered with a reputable and previously disadvantaged SME Namibian company within that profession to provide the individual candidates with practical training which will last between 3 to 10 days.
Ekandjo pointed out that in order to fully equip these candidates in their respective trades, an entrepreneurial course will also be offered to complement the offered practical training.
“In addition to practical training, the candidates will also undergo a full entrepreneurship training course through the project’s partner, Twapewa Kadhikwa Entrepreneurship Academy. The academy will train and manage these candidates on their journey to ensure they become successful self-employed citizens.”
Entrepreneur Twapewa Kadhikwa at the launch highlighted that the training will strictly introduce trainees to locally tailored business behaviours and how they can grow their businesses. “Competence runs an enterprise, and it comes with a full determination of what you want to do. So, we will be sharpening your skills to make sure that your businesses grow and you can transfer skills to the next person,” she said.
A call for an expression of interest will be out on MTC social media platforms and in local media. To be eligible to benefit from the MTC 4LIFE project, a potential candidate must be Namibian, unemployed, aged between 21-35years, and have at least grade 10. Candidates with disability are encouraged to apply.