CATS entrepreneurs graduate

A group of 13 successful participants in the Commercial Advancement Training Scheme (CATS) was rewarded for their hard work during the 9th graduation ceremony in Windhoek last week.

The CATS programme, presented by the Centre for Enterprise Development (CED), awarded the Certificate in Business Process Management to the candidates, with the top graduate, Fesse Amuyela, earning recognition and the First Prize for his average of 80% throughout the two-year programme. The Second Prize was earned by Senovia Katjuru. The programme has been running for 10 years and has produced a total of 93 graduates.

The Rector of the Poly, Tjama Tjivikua, congratulated the graduates on their hard work and acknowledged that while the programme may be taxing, it is worthwhile. Tjivikua said he was pleased with the continued partnership with CATS. “Our continued cooperation reflects our shared commitment to developing human capital and ensuring that Namibia achieves its goals as set out in Vision 2030,” he said.

The chairman of the CATS Board of Directors, Patrick Kohlstaedt, added that the success of the two-year programme was due to the Dual Training System that not only gives students theoretical broad-based learning, but emphasises hands-on practical training in the workplace. All students participate in Work-Integrated Learning programmes that see them placed in the industry for short stints.

A tracer study undertaken by CATS last year established that 90% of graduates of this programme are in permanent employment, many of them with the companies that provided the training to them. This shows great promise as the industry, especially because the logistics and transport sector, continues to experience a shortage of skilled employees.

Kohlstaedt, however, pointed out that more needs to be done, both at the Primary and Secondary Education levels, to improve the quality of students who apply, especially in English and Mathematics.

The Certificate in Business Process Management is recognised by the European Union through the Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and graduates may take up employment in the EU.

Date: 
Friday, October 2, 2015
for Month: 
October, 2015

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