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Cosmetology academy launched – The Namibian

UNEMPLOYMENT remains a great concern in Namibia, with the unemployment rate expected to reach 36,7% by the end of 2022, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations.

To help reduce the country’s unemployment rate, Twapewa Kadhikwa launched the Academy of Cosmetology on Thursday.

Located at 3421 Barug Street in the Wanaheda area of Windhoek, the academy provides students with skills, knowledge and qualifications suited to current industry requirements and up-to-date with cosmetology, beauty and holistic trends.

The courses are designed to suit students’ specific needs, to help each student achieve their full potential and capabilities within the beauty industry and take charge of their destiny in the current employment environment.

“We offer a comprehensive course prospectus, offering both short and full-time courses, which provide an opportunity for growth in many aspects of beauty therapy, hair care technology, nail technology as well as entrepreneurship and management. As a technical and vocational education and training (TVET) service provider, our standards, qualification and assessment framework are fully aligned with that of the Namibia Training Authority,” Kadhikwa said.

Kadhikwa said the academy was established to help the youth better their lives. She said their graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge that will prepare and propel them for the world of work.

“We believe that the TVET sector, aligned with quality standards, will propel the Namibian youth, decrease unemployment and joblessness. Our graduates will not only be employable, but also possess the knowledge and desire to become successful entrepreneurs,” she said.

Kadhikwa said she once received help from Cicelia from Magic Hair Salon.

“I was once asked why I help people and if I’m not scared that those whom I’m helping will overtake me. Cicelia once gave me the chance and that is why I want to do the same for others. Sometimes we only need that one person to help make our lives better,” she said.

Speaking at the launch, the chairperson of Khomas Regional Council, Shaalukeni John Moonde, said since the attainment of independence in 1990, the Namibian government has embarked on reforming the country’s fragmented education and training sector.

“Initial reforms of the education and training sector were geared towards addressing the past imbalances and aligning it to become responsive to the socioe-conomic needs of the country. One such reform was the adoption of the Namibian vocational education training policy, which recognised the significant role of TVET in assisting people to acquire the skills needed by the economy and the world of work,” Moonde said.

The academy offers various three-week courses including hairdressing, holistic massage and reflexology, waxing, make-up, facial and skin care. It also offers the 18-month National Vocational Certificate in cosmetology level 2-4 and entrepreneurship level 2.

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