Corporate Social Responsibility/Charity
Training Initiative for Unemployed Youth
In May 2016 INTEGRATION initiated a privately sponsored campaign, called „Training Initiative for Unemployed Youth", which supports trainees in selected developing countries. The program focuses on a dual system of professional training and industry exposure, which ensures that, after completion, students find permanent and decently paid employment.
Presently we are sponsoring the vocational training of 34 youth in five training institutions in Namibia and Mozambique. In both countries, INTEGRATION has been implementing Vocational Training projects for years. We know the local labour market well and collaborate closely with selected practice-orientated training institutions. Our local staff maintain the link to institutes and trainers so we can monitor the progress of our students.
In Namibia we are supporting 12 trainees in four Training Centers of the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT), one of the leading institutes in the country. Training courses run over four years leading to the Namibian Technical Certificate, a nationally recognized engineering degree. NIMT follows a dual training system combining workshop training and theory classes in its Centers with extended industry experience. Trainees follow the courses at NIMT for six months a year and train the remaining time „on-the-job" in the workshops of selected partner companies. This ensures that trainees, after their graduation, find employment easily.
In Mozambique we are cooperating with the Centro De Formação Profissional Salesianos in Maputo, a Christian charity managed by the Missão De Sao José De Lhanguene. The institute offers practice-oriented vocational training courses for four trades, namely Welder/mechanic, Electrician, Industrial Maintenance Electrician, and Tailoring. After completion of the training, the Centro arranges for employment of its graduates with local industries. At the Centro De Formação Profissional we sponsor 22 students, mostly from poor families which cannot afford even the modes training fees of the Centro.