WINDHOEK, 14 APR – The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Thursday launched the Employability Improvement Project, which aims to equip students with work readiness skills.
JICA, through the Japanese Embassy, also handed over training kits that will help the university conduct Employability Improvement Project training for students.
A curriculum has been developed and training has already been conducted for trainers, who received certificates on Thursday.
Deputy Head of Mission of the Japanese Embassy in Namibia, Rumiko Ishigami said JICA has provided NUST with technical assistance on the project since 2014.
“Through the training, students are expected to acquire seven employability improvement skills which include self-management, critical thinking, communication, team work, leadership, creativity, and problem identification and solving,” Ishigami explained.
The Employability Improvement Project employs the Kaizen technique, a Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices and personal efficiency.
Ishigami said the project will help produce qualified students and ultimately, improve the living standards of Namibian citizens.
It introduces students to the world of work before they embark on work integrated learning with various companies.
Tega Paulus who studies engineering and who has already benefited from the training, told Nampa she learned to be practical and efficient.
“It will be a waste if the product made does not meet industry requirements,” she said.