Dear Conference Delegates,
On behalf of the Conference Programme Committee, it is with a heart full of gratitude to welcome you all to the Work Integrated Learning, Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship conference under the Theme: “Join Forces – Tapping youth employability opportunities” to be co-hosted by the Namibia University of Technology (Lead Host), Vaal University of Technology, Hochschule Wismar of Applied Sciences. This international conference provides a platform to learn, gain insight and allow knowledge transfer to take place and makes recommendations that can support stakeholders involved in developing the employability skills on how to unleash them to bring young talent, skills and leadership to workplaces - Sharing learnings from WIL, Vocational Training & Entrepreneurship Programmes in Africa and internationally.
Employability is clearly a joint responsibility shared by training and educational institutions, employers, incumbent employees and potential employees. That is why the main questions for which the conference will try to explore answer are:
(a) How the ‘youth employability opportunity’ can be tapped into successfully?
(b) What initiatives, programmes, approaches, processes, practices, modalities, frameworks and quality assurance strategies are needed to improve youth employability?
An opportunity is needed to explore and address these questions with all our stakeholders, and hopefully it will help us to move closer to devising more effective policy interventions.
Join us at this conference of professionals from academics researchers, industry practitioners, policy makers and civic society on how to raise youth employability and address the challenges of sustainable development.
We look forward to seeing you.
Dr Andrew Niikondo
Chair of Conference Programme Committee
Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic of Namibia University of Science and Technology