Namibia represents Africa on the Worldskills Champions Trust

30 January 2018 | Education

Tjihimise Karaerua, Africa’s Representative on the WSCT

Namibia, through the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), is a member of WorldSkills International (WSI). WSI is a non-political organisation that promotes skills excellence through establishing networking and sharing platforms for members to learn from and with each other

Namibia’s WorldSkills former competitor, Tjihimise “Bruno” Karaerua, is now the new representative for Africa on the WorldSkills Champions Trust (WSCT). Karaerua, who represented Namibia at the 2017 WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, replaced Tayla Schou from South Africa who represented the continent from 2015-2017.

The WSCT is a group of former WorldSkills Competitors representing all six continents, working together to help bridge the gap between former WorldSkills Competitors (Champions) and WorldSkills International beyond the Competition. The Trustees share skills, abilities and creativity to develop projects and initiatives to improve the world through the power of skills. WSCT serves as advisory group to WorldSkills International on matters related to continued involvement of global youth in the skills development agenda. Tjihimise who represented Namibia as a competitor in the Electrical Installations skill category in Abu Dhabi, was appointed as one of the six new WSCT representatives.

To hone his skills to effectively and represent the talented and dedicated community of WorldSkills Champions, Karaerua prepares to leave for Shanghai, China on 26 January where he will meet the rest of the WSCT representatives and participate in leadership and media training sessions, forums and conferences.

“I am truly honored and I will embrace this lifetime opportunity which will open doors for personal growth, add value to the entire Namibian TVET sector and serve as a catalyst for our economic development," says Bruno.

“WorldSkills Namibia is very much excited for this opportunity as Bruno’s skills will definitely be crucial in setting up our own National Skills Champions Trust, which will keep our former National Skills and WorldSkills Competitors engaged in our endeavors to make Namibia great through the creation of relevant skills,” added Sens Shoolongo, WorldSkills Namibia Manager.

WorldSkills Namibia is preparing to stage the second National Skills Competition in September this year which will see over 150 competitors from all over Namibia compete in 12 skills categories, with winners expected to represent Namibia at the next WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia, in 2019. The NTA WorldSkills Namibia is a full member of WorldSkills International with a responsibility to promote vocational education and training in Namibia. Through bi-annual competitions, WSN raises awareness about opportunities that exist in skilled professions and encourages young people to explore such opportunities.