Apprenticeship programme launched

Namibia addresses youth unemployment with German apprenticeship programme
The initiative offers Namibian youth the opportunity to access apprenticeships in Germany.
Jemimah Ndebele
Namibia, with a recorded youth unemployment rate of 46% in 2018, according to the African Peer Review Mechanism, took a significant step in addressing this challenge with the recently launched German Apprenticeship Connect Programme 2023.
In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Namibia, the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB) is spearheading this groundbreaking initiative.
The programme, unveiled at the NIPDB’s Investment House this week, builds on Germany's acclaimed dual apprenticeship model, known for its hands-on vocational training and skills development. The initiative offers Namibian youth the opportunity to access apprenticeships in Germany.
The objective is to equip them with essential skills and international work experience, enhancing their employability both abroad and upon their return to Namibia.

Opening doors
Dennis Schroeder, director of the Goethe-Institut said: "In Namibia, we are confronted with a critical issue that touches the heart of every community – the high rate of youth unemployment. This issue is not just a statistic; it represents the unrealised dreams and talents of a generation. But this issue – deeply concerning as it is – also opens the door to a unique collaboration between Namibia and Germany."
Addressing the partnership's reciprocal nature, he added: "By training Namibian youth, we not only address the unemployment issue here but also help fill the growing gap in Germany’s skilled workforce."
"This initiative really goes beyond addressing unemployment. It stands as a testament to our shared commitment to the future – a future where the dreams and aspirations of our youth are not only acknowledged but actively supported and realised through international cooperation," he said.

Apply now
During the programme launch, Matthias Mühr, head of administration at the Goethe-Institut Namibia, announced that the programme is open to advanced subsidiary learners with a B2 level of German comprehension and that learners have to be over the age of 18.
“Learners who do not have a B2 certification from Goethe that are looking to apply for the apprenticeship programme can apply to the Goethe-Institut first, complete certification, and then apply for the following year’s apprenticeship programme,” he said.
To facilitate applications from all corners of the country, a dedicated website has been launched. This online platform allows aspiring participants from various regions to apply, acknowledging the challenges faced by schools in rural areas and potential connectivity issues. Mühr expressed the programme's commitment to addressing accessibility concerns and making it more inclusive.