Three competitors, who have been entered to compete at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition, scheduled to take place in São Paulo, Brazil, in August, have left for South Korea to prepare for the bi-annual event. They are Rakel Kagwedha Ndinowike Amutenya (Bricklaying); Joseph Nghidipohamba Nakatumbe (Carpentry & Joinery); and Erkana Imene (Plumbing and Pipeheating).
Amutenya is the only female team member and is a trainee at the NamWater Human Resources Development Centre outside Okahandja. Nakatumbe is enrolled at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT), whereas Imene is a trainee at the Rundu Vocational Training Centre. Amutenya, Nakatumbe and Imene are to attend an intensive training preparation session with members of the South Korean team, while Mathias (Electrical Installations), who is a trainee at the NamPower Training Centre, has just returned from a similar training session with an experienced South African training institution, in that country.
In his sending-off message to the competitors, who are accompanied by skills experts in each of these disciplines, NTA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Beukes, called on Namibians from all walks of life to rally behind the team. “Our maiden participation in WorldSkills International is indeed a proud and historical moment, not only for the local technical and vocational training fraternity, but for our country as a whole. As such, these young Namibians deserve our full support”, he emphasised. Beukes also encouraged the competitors to serve as true ambassadors for their country. “Go to South Korea with a consciousness of teamwork and togetherness. Give your trainers your full support and cooperation. Be disciplined, responsible, passionate, committed and dedicated”, he emphasised. Beukes also acknowledged UNESCO, through its Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) Project, for financial and technical support being rendered towards the competitors’ preparations in South Korea and South Africa.
WorldSkills International (WSI) is an international skills competition, held in a different member country every two years. Competitors from 17 to 22 years old demonstrate their excellence in a number of different skilled trades and technology contest areas. It will be the first time for a Namibian team to participate at this prestigious event. The 43rd WorldSkills Competition will take place at Anhembi Parque, São Paulo, Brazil, from 11 to 16 August 2015.