Young artisan benefits from Development Bank’s skills-based facility

Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) has unveiled Mekemo Trading, a mechanical and automotive services provider, as a recipient of skills-based finance for young artisans.

The Bank’s skills-based facility for young artisans and professionals is designed to enable aspirant entrepreneurs with professional or artisan qualifications, but with limited or no collateral, to embark on the course of entrepreneurship. It also enables young entrepreneurs with emerging businesses to expand.

The Bank defines young entrepreneurs as aged 36 and younger, but will, in exceptional circumstances, accept applicants aged up to 40.

Acting Head of SME Finance Hellen Amupolo said Mekemo is an excellent example of what DBN set out to achieve with skills-based finance for young entrepreneurs.

Operated by Rens Mekemo Shilongo, aged 33, Mekemo Trading provides automotive services including mechanical services, spray painting and panel beating for cars, trucks, buses, farm implements and mining and construction equipment. Located in Katutura, the company

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COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Professional Gap Year Job Opportunity For Young American Special Education Teachers And Therapists

For over 12 years, Apex Social has matched European graduates in care professional fields such as education, therapy, and nursing with American and Australian host families. Now young American teachers and therapists can also benefit from this unique experiential learning job opportunity. The caregivers are fully integrated within their host families and the child’s interdisciplinary education or therapy team, which allows them to learn about new concepts and methods, which they will be able to utilize in their future careers.

“I’ve learned so much by being able to live and work with a child who has special needs on a daily basis, versus as a therapist, when I’d only see a client for thirty minutes once a week,” said Sabrina Kempkes, an Apex Social care professional from Germany currently living with a family in Los Angeles. “I’ve gained a greater understanding of how treatment can be incorporated into

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Kentucky awarded nearly $1 million to teach young parenting responsibilities, finance skills – KyForward.com

Eight states, including Kentucky, have been tapped by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to develop nine programs that educate teens and young adults who do not yet have children about the financial, legal and emotional responsibilities of parenthood.

The agencies will collaborate with youth job development programs, foster care transition services, juvenile justice agencies, teen pregnancy prevention programs, community colleges and public schools to integrate child support and responsible parenting education into a wide range of youth-centered systems.

Gov. Andy Beshear

“As the dad of a 10- and 11-year-old, I know personally that parenting is the hardest and most rewarding job in the world,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “That’s true under any circumstances, but if Kentuckians become parents at a young age, they will face additional challenges as they balance their own educational,

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Young Africans need more and better jobs, not more training

When the world rebuilds after the COVID-19 crisis, Africa will have a unique challenge to face: bringing its overwhelmingly young workforce into decent, productive, and secure jobs. Africa has the world’s youngest population, a fact that some hope will mean fewer deaths and serious cases, despite the region’s health care systems being extremely underfunded.

Even before the global pandemic, many young Africans struggled to find productive employment, often finding themselves underemployed or perpetually engaged in low-paid, low-productivity, precarious self-employment. This trend, paired with a persistent, although, we argue, unfounded, worry among political leaders and the international community that some frustrated young people may turn to violent crime, militant extremism, or protest, has fostered a plethora of youth employment initiatives. Most of these initiatives focus on delivering post-school vocational training or entrepreneurship coaching to young people—and their impacts on youth earnings or the overall economy have not been particularly encouraging.

Not

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West African Economies Benefit From Graduation Of Two Groups Of Young Talents With Work-ready Digital Skills As Part Of SAP Skills For Africa

SAP Africa welcomed the graduation of 27 young professionals who recently completed their training as part of the SAP Young Professional Program, a digital skill build initiative under the umbrella of SAP Skills for Africa. The 27 graduates from Ghana and Nigeria, join another group of graduates from Nigeria who completed their training earlier this month.

According to Marita Mitschein, Senior Vice President Digital Skills Southern Europe, Middle East & Africa SAP and Managing Director at the SAP Training and Development Institute, this year’s graduates had to cope with a disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which forced a change in the format of the program. “With countries across the continent in lockdown for much of this year, we had to adapt to a fully virtual delivery model. The new reality brought by the coronavirus has further highlighted the urgent need to accelerate digital skills development, especially as the world

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