WoW helps with reducing unemployment Elizabeth Joseph

08 May 2018 | People

Attitude is altitude and if you put in work you will see results.

Women at Work Training Centre recently hosted their graduation ceremony in Windhoek.

WoW is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide training to marginalized women. Most of these women come to do general know-how courses in housekeeping, dressmaking as well as cooking.

Director of Women at Work, Sustjie Mbumba says the only thorn in their side is the space that is limited, thus limiting the students.

“We want to expand and therefore we are looking at spaces and also communicating with the municipality. The space prevents us from accommodating more people, “she says.

Pat Sivertsen, Manager of WoW says that they plan on increasing their training.

“We want to focus more on hospitality training for the ladies. It is more favourable for them to be in this industry because there are more opportunities,” said Sivertsenn.

The centre has one trainer, Viola Dimulunde, who oversees the women and makes sure they get the best training to fully equip them with the skills to start working.

She teaches them basic skills on laundry, cooking and cleaning. The women learn both theory as well as the practical work. Dimulunde has been at the organization for the past two years and says that every time women become more confident.

“After they realise their full potential the women become more confident. It is also easier for them to find work after receiving training and eventually graduating,” says Dimulundu.

She further added that possible employers come to the centre and asks for potential employees with certain skills.

The centre also offers dressmaking courses in the evening and has a trainer for this course as well.

The Hospitality Course is 6 weeks long with classes starting at 08:00 and finishing at 16:00. This course includes Life Skills – writing a CV, how to conduct oneself in an interview, managing personal finances, different types of abuse, fire-fighting and first aid. The course also includes Cooking skills, Cleaning Skills and Laundry Skills. The next Hospitality class will be on 22 June. Both men and women are welcome to attend the course.

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