A group of 13 successful participants in the Commercial Advancement Training Scheme (CATS) was rewarded for their hard work at the institution’s 9th Graduation Ceremony, held in the capital in September. All the candidates received a Certificate in Business Process Management with the top graduate, Fesse Amuyela, earning recognition and the First Prize for her average of 80% throughout the two-year programme. The programme has been running for 10 years and has altogether produced a total of 93 graduates.
The Rector of the University of Science and Technology, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, congratulated the graduates on their hard work and acknowledged that while the programme may be taxing, it is worthwhile.
On his part, the Chairman of the CATS Board of Directors, Patrick Kohlsteadt, 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 participated in Work-Integrated Learning programmes that saw 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 to the industry, especially because the logistics and transport sector continues to experience a shortage of skilled employees.
The scheme is a unique business administration skills development programme that combines theoretical learning and practical experience in the workplace. Its vision is to proactively meet the education and training needs of industry, empower young people and contribute to Namibia becoming a competitive global player with a skilled and educated workforce. CATS is a creation of the Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK).