Our students

Namibia has a high failure rate within the formal educational system and school leavers find themselves in need of employment with no qualifications. School leavers are mostly aged between 18 and 20 years of age.

The target group for the ATCK is both male and female, between the ages of 18 and 25.  The main criteria is a degree of fluency in English and a genuine interest in practical farming and domestic activities which includes the care of the very young and the aged. Students should have at least reached grade 10 and be prepared to live and work at the ATCK for the duration of their course. Part of the training is their participation in the running of the ATCK on a daily basis, including weekends and public holidays, with 4 weeks annual holiday.  Internships are also an essential part of the course, being undertaken at various farms, lodges, nursery schools, old age homes and other supportive organisations throughout Namibia.

The ATCK focuses on intense training of its students to ensure a whole person who is well qualified in their field and is passionate about working the land. This is the primary reason why only 30 students are carefully selected to graduate to the 21 month course after completing their 3 month basic introductory course. Students are selected based on their commitment, aptitude and their carefully monitored progress during the performance of the introductory course.