THE 29-year-old Joel Mwatilefu has embarked on training for men ages 18 to 35 in basic cosmetology and barber skills.
The barberwhich operates as Jjjj Investments CC kicked off his lessons with free-cutting clipper classes on 2 January with the aim of ensuring that youths have an opportunity to learn a new skill that could turn into a career.
The grooming barbershop is situated at the Oshilemba shopping complex in Ongwediva.
“This is just a way to introduce barbering to them without using the skills to build a future rather than sitting at home doing nothing,” he said.
He added that many people aren’t aware of the need for a barber.
“It’s not about just having the skills to cut hair. It is more so an option for advice, an option for therapy, an option for a laugh, to take a load off. It’s more than just a haircut,” said Mwatilefu.
He said the training will include visiting some areas in the Oshana Region offering free cuts to residents and providing awareness on how to maintain a clean cut.
Mwatilefu narrated that for the past several years, training would cost about N$2 000.
However, the situation changed after the outbreak of COVID-19 as many of the interested people didn’t have the funds to registered, which meant giving free classes to interested youths.
He indicated that he hopes to train about 10 people before the end of the year and ensure that job opportunities are created for them.
“Our main aim is to reduce unemployment in the community by giving training to anyone willing to learn and be able to start their own business too,” he added.
Mwatilefu explained that the entrepreneur mindset will also mean that those who start businesses can employ other people.
He noted that those that get training will also have an opportunity to work for Joe’s Fade cut for a period of two years until they get their own ventures.
So far, only three people have been trained out of the targeted number.