OTJIWARONGO: Four department directors at the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) on Thursday engaged in a discussion with some Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) here in Otjiwarongo in order to learn from their business needs.
The one-day business discussion had taken place at the Otjiwarongo Polytechnic of Namibia’s Regional Centre on Thursday morning.
Polytechnic’s Director of the Centre of Open and Lifelong Learning (COLL), Dr. Delvaline Mowes headed the delegation of directors here.
She said the purpose of the business discussion with SME owners was to hear and record their business training needs so that Polytechnic of Namibia could incorporate them into its courses.
She said the suggested training needs by SMEs here could be turned into courses and offer them on fulltime or distance learning in order to enable citizens far away from Windhoek main campus to acquire new business skills.
“The Polytechnic of Namibia as a centre of excellence around the country have the aim to address the education training and skills gaps in the private and public sector in this country,” said Mowes in her presentation.
She urged business entrepreneurs who attended the discussion to identify some business training needs even for students studying at the Poly currently so that the Polytechnic of Namibia could prepare those students in correlations with the needs of business entrepreneurs who are the employers.
Other Polytechnic directors who were present at the discussion are Carva Pop, for the Centre of Cooperative Education, Dagmar Honsbein, of Namibia’s Business Innovation Centre and Albin Jacobs, director of Namibia German Centre of Logistics at Polytechnic.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Rapama Kamehozu was one of the participants at today’s business discussions.