The Employability Improvement Program (EIP) training took place on 15th March 2019 in Windhoek at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). The program was organized by NUST and JICA, they invited lecturers from the Vaal University of Technology and Durban University of Technology of South Africa to assist in the training.
This was the first EIP training for the year, which involved about 30 students from various faculties for 3 days.
In the EIP training students are divided into groups to assemble toy trucks in an effort to upgrade student’s teamwork, communication or softs skills. The student groups have supervisors who guide them and answer their questions.
This task is easier said than done as it involves a multitude of screws, bolts, nuts and panels to construct and assemble the toy trucks to perfection.
The first round was difficult and intense but the students kept a positive attitude as they completed their task in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Feedback and realizations made for better planning. This includes having nuts and bolts ready and organizing everything at the workstation. In addition, teamwork and delegating tasks in the style of an assembly line makes it easier and faster to assembly the toy truck. Here students also learned how to improvise, when they cannot find an essential element or product to complete a task, they need to find and use a substitute.
The students seemed to learn fast, take cognizance of their errors and showed tremendous improvement with the second round of assembling the toy trucks in the production line. Less chaos, better planning, better communication and enhanced teamwork enable them to drastically raise efficiency and productivity.