Online courses fill a gap

In Namibia, challenges persist, particularly in freight forwarding, supply chain management, and logistics due to a shortage of skilled professionals. And as technology evolves, the need for these specialised skills becomes increasingly apparent, says Juliette Fourie, managing director of Metro Minds.

“The technology advancements taking place in Namibia will need a certain skill set to adapt and embrace. The positive developments and economic growth that the country is experiencing will also require new skills sets like leadership, strategic planning and good management and financial practices. Currently, there are only two universities in Namibia – the University of Namibia and the Namibia University of Science and Technology – where you can only study a master’s degree in supply chain with only a few private providers focusing on freight forwarding and customs compliance.”

With this in mind, Metro Minds has broadened its scope, with the QCTO Accredited NQF 5 Clearing & Forwarding Agent, BCom Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance, numerous short courses, and interactive software available online. This allows countries across Africa to access the necessary means to improve skills. “The focus for Africa is bigger than ever as various countries’ economic outlook is stronger than South Africa. We have shown many successes in recent Africa projects and will continue our drive on quality skills programmes.”

According to Fourie, Namibia is undergoing significant shifts across various sectors. Renewable energy is emerging as a key focus, leveraging the country’s abundant solar and wind energy potential to meet energy needs sustainably. Government initiatives and private sector investments are propelling this transition towards renewable sources. Namibia’s mining industry, particularly uranium and diamond mining, remains a vital pillar of the economy, with increased exploration activities and investments driven by rising global demand for minerals. Namibia’s natural landscapes, wildlife, and cultural heritage are attracting growing numbers of tourists. The tourism sector is experiencing steady growth, with a commitment to sustainable practices to preserve the environment and cultural assets.

Namibia is embracing technological advancements, evident in the increasing digitisation across industries. Innovations in e-commerce, digital payment systems, and telecommunications infrastructure are fostering economic growth and efficiency, aligning Namibia with global technological trends.The economic outlook also remains promising, despite challenges. “The government’s commitment to infrastructure development and economic diversification initiatives sets a positive trajectory for long-term growth and stability.”

Namibia’s economy is gradually diversifying beyond traditional sectors like mining, with a heightened emphasis on renewable energy, tourism, and technology-driven industries,” says Fourie. “In light of all the trends and developments in the country, training institutes have various avenues for skills development to explore. Tailored training programmes can address skill shortages and enhance workforce capabilities in this crucial sector.”

Fourie says despite challenges such as infrastructure limitations and skills shortages, Namibia’s logistics sector presents opportunities for skills development in supply chain management, freight forwarding, and logistics planning. “As Namibia embraces technological advancements, there is a demand for skilled professionals in areas such as e-commerce, digital marketing, and telecommunications. Training programmes in digital skills, cybersecurity, and data analytics can empower individuals to leverage technology effectively and drive economic growth and efficiency.”

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