In Namibia where there is a high youth unemployment rate, Foebe Enjala, 32, is one of the lucky young women who landed a job straight out of school.
The young mother is now one of the few women in Namibia who has been working in metal fabrication for the past six years.
“Chinese companies are giving opportunities for Namibians. They are recruiting many inexperienced young Namibians, taking people from the location with no qualifications and changing their lives,” Foebe said.
Established in 2011, Nami Prefabricated Housing manufactures building material and builds low cost housing in Namibia.
The country, which grapples with a housing shortage, encourages low cost housing to address the challenge.
The company has built classrooms, office buildings, residential homes, factories and warehouses all around Namibia.
They employ more than 100 Namibians on permanent and temporary basis.
The company works in partnerships with Vocational Training Centre where they offer on-the-job training for about a year.
According to the owner of the company, Gu Di, Namibians are employed on different positions ranging from receptionists, sales persons and managers.
“This is a new tech in Namibia but we have a lot of locals who now know how to operate our different machines. We have trained more than 200 students who go on to start their own businesses as well as work for other companies,” Gu said.
The young people have gained skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity because not only have they given me an income, but they have given me skills that I will have for the rest of my life,” Enjala said.
Through her job, Enjala is able to take care of her three-year-old daughter, her mother and her brother.
“I have managed to build a place of my own in the village with my income. I am my own person and do not have to depend on anyone for money,” Enjala said.
This comes at a time when the country is struggling to bring the youth unemployment rate down.
Statistics from the 2018 labor force survey released last month show that youth unemployment for 15-34-year-old bracket has risen by 2.7 percent from 43.4 percent in 2016 to 46.1 percent last year.
According to the survey, 34.9 percent of Namibian youth are not in employment, education or training.
The company plans to expand and start other projects which will see even more young Namibians employed. Enditem