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29 July 2014

The Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) today. Both institutions pledged to explore synergies and share skills and expertise to the ultimate benefit of the citizens of Namibia.

“We are happy indeed that today we have reached another milestone in our local partnerships by signing an agreement of understanding and co-operation with the NTA,” says Prof Diescho during the signing ceremony.

“The purpose of this MOU is to foster and enhance strategic partnership between NTA and NIPAM for Namibia’s human resources training and development. Focus is put on professional competencies and skills as determined or required by the Namibian government to create a vibrant, dynamic and unified public service, “says Diescho.

In her remarks, Ms. Ester Anna Nghipondoka, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the NTA said that “NIPAM and NTA agree to join hands in addressing the national challenge of educating and training our citizens in skills and competencies needed for the public sector, and more precisely, in public administration.”

“Recognizing and valuing the differing mandates of our respective institutions, one driven by public management principles and the other by skills development pragmatism and philosophy, we are confident that by pooling our institutional resources and organisational capacities, we can make a strong impact in providing the labour market with the requisite knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes for the timely achievement of Vision 2030 goals,” Nghipondoka said.

Areas covered under the partnership include inter alia: institutional and organizational development; staff capacity building and evaluation; leadership skills in the management of the vocational training centers under the NTA’s supervision; the sharing of resources and facilities; joint consultancy, research and publication support services and holding joint seminars, staff attachment and workshops.

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The Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) today. Read More

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21 July 2014

The Namibia Training Authority and Peace Corps Namibia entered into a Memorandum of Understanding today, which will see American volunteers placed at the seven Vocational Training Centres(VTCs) under the NTA’s supervision to support existing efforts aimed at strengthening the entrepreneurial skill of trainees.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held at NTA Village, Acting CEO, Ester Anna Nghipondoka highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship as a key driver of economic growth. “Wealth and a high majority of jobs are created by small businesses started by entrepreneurially-minded individuals, many of whom go on to create big businesses”, she stressed.

Nghipondoka also encouraged trainees at the VTCs to be receptive to the entrepreneurship training to be rendered under the agreement. “It is true that skills training is not the only thing you require to one day become successful businesspeople. You will also require additional support in terms of access to capital and collateral to start your own businesses. However, do not be discouraged by the chalellenges you face. Remember that in order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure”, she remarked.

On his part, Peace Corps Namibia’s Director of Training And Programming, Daniel Rooney said the two organisations shared a common purpose in training the next generation of Namibian youth.

Rooney stated that he was inspired by the partnership and was looking forward to the immediate enactment of the terms of the collaboration. “We look forward to years of collaboration as we work hand in hand in the training of young Namibians, and ultimately prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs”, he stated.

The agreement provides for Peace Corps volunteers to be assigned for a period of 24 months to the Eenhana VTC; Nakayale VTC at Outapi; Rundu VTC; Okakarara VTC; Valombola VTC at Ongwediva and Zambezi VTC at Katima Mulilo.

The volunteers are to begin their assignments on the 25th of September. The NTA is to provide volunteers with an orientation of the project and its activities and the community in which they are to serve. The NTA is also to provide housing in line with pre-agreed requirements.

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17 July 2014

The Namibia Training Authority signed a joint Recognition and Procedural Agreement with the Namibian Public Workers Union (NAPWU) and the Namibia National Teachers Union (NANTU) today.

The agreement is based on a majority of instructors at the Vocational Training Centres under the NTA’s supervision, being paid-up members of NANTU, and the majority of administrative personnel, being paid-up members of NAPWU, which two categories of employees jointly comprise the bargaining unit.

Acting CEO, Ester Anna Nghipondoka said the joint agreement was the logical and natural outcome of a process started more than two years ago. “Negotiating an exclusive agreement with a labour union is seldom an easy and straightforward task. However, we persevered and this agreement is yet another milestone for our young, but vibrant organisation”, she stressed.

Nghipondoka highlighted that the agreement was in line with the NTA Strategic Plan, recently reviewed by the Board of Directors, under which the organisation aspires to establish itself as the port of call for vocational skills in Namibia. “Our Strategic Plan recognises our employees as our most important asset in this regard, because without a positive, motivated and dedicated workforce, we will not be able to achieve any of our strategic goals”, the Acting CEO remarked.

Speaking on behalf of the two labour unions, the Deputy General Secretary of NAPWU, Gabes Andumba said the two unions were committed to the improvement of the conditions of service and employment of members through a collective bargaining process, as provided for under the agreement.

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The Namibia Training Authority signed a joint Recognition and Procedural Agreement with the Namibian Public Workers Union (NAPWU) and the Namibia National Teachers Union (NANTU) today. Read More

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South Korea has expressed its readiness to host and support the training of a select group of young Namibian VET trainees and prepare them for participation at the 2015 World Skills Competition, slated for Sao Paulo, Brasil.

This was revealed during consultations between the NTA and representatives from the South Korean government, which took place at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, earlier this month. The discussions were primarily aimed at the development of an implementation framework to ensure Namibia’s sustainable participation as a fully-fledged member at the bi-annual international showpiece and formed part of broader support being rendered to the NTA under UNESCO’s ‘Better Education for Africa’s Rise’ (BEAR) Project.

The South Korean experts are to assist the NTA in the selection of trainees in a select range of occupational areas to make up the Namibian national team. The Namibian contestants will be hosted at a special venue in South Korea where they will be allowed to train with members of the South Korean team and enjoy exposure to their rigorous and intensive preparations, which have secured unparalleled successes at the World Skills International competitions for that country.

The NTA delegation consisted of the Manager: VET Standards, Sens Shoolongo, the Manager: VET Programmes, Amon Haufiku and the Manager: PR, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement, Mornay Louw. Shoolongo welcomed the assistance and said it can go a long way in supporting the NTA in ensuring Namibia’s sustainable participation at World Skills International. “It is one thing to participate and merely make up the numbers. It is another to go and compete against the best and come home with a medal. That is our goal”, he stressed.

The Vice-President of South Korea’s Global Institute for Transferring Skills (GIFTS), Dr Yi Sunk Ki led the South Korean delegation. UNESCO’s Head for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Dr Borhene Chakroun facilitated the meeting.

Photo caption:
Sens Shoolongo, Mornay Louw and Amon Haufiku (front) with representatives from the South Korean delegation in front of the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

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South Korea has expressed its readiness to host and support the training of a select group of young Namibian VET trainees and prepare them for participation at the 2015 World Skills Competition, slated for Sao Paulo, Brasil. Read More

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The Minister of Education, Honourable Dr David Namwandi (photo) officially launched the VET Levy at a gala dinner held in the capital on the 24th of April 2014.

Dr Namwandi describes the VET Levy as a key programme to support Namibia’s transformation into an industrialised and skills-based economy. “The levy is a step in the right direction and represents a quantum leap towards effectively addressing our national skills needs”, he stressed.

Dr Namwandi also called on the NTA to ensure that the VET Levy is administered in a sustainable and effective manner. “Gone are the days of simply talking about increased access to training. Our focus should now be on creating tangible training outcomes and generating more value from the increased resources we now have available for training”, he emphasised.

Speaking on behalf of the donor – the Millennium Challenge Corporation – the Deputy CEO: Operations of the Millennium Challenge Account- Namibia, Sikongo Haihambo commended the NTA for its commitment and drive to establish the VET Levy as a national programme aimed at alleviating the country’s skills needs. MCA-Namibia supported the Vocational Training Grant Fund under the VET Levy Pilot Project and also made available funds for the implementation of the VET Levy marketing campaign.

Altogether 1 713 employers registered as VET Levy paying employers during the registration campaign in February this year. Of this number, 21% are employers from the Wholesale and Retail sector, 18% from the Financial and Business Services sector and 17% from the Mining; Quarrying; Construction; Electricity; Gas; Water Supply and Sanitation sector.

A further 8% of registered employers are from the Hospitality and Tourism sector, whereas 7% of the employers registered as VET Levy-paying employers are from the Health and Social Services sector.
Based on the aforementioned registration numbers and the individual annual company payroll volumes, the NTA expects to collect for the first 12 months of levy payment a total amount of about 198-million Namibia dollars.

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Considerable progress is being made towards upgrading the physical infrastructure at two existing Vocational Training Centres and constructing a new centre in the Omaheke region.

Following a public procurement process for alterations and new additions to the Rundu Vocational Training Centre, the Jiangsu Zhengtai firm was awarded the tender with a contract value of N$ 35.9 million. The scope of the RVTC project involves alterations to existing buildings and the construction of new buildings, including a dining room, a new kitchen, a new welding workshop, external works including roadworks and stormwater and soil drainage reticulations

The NTA anticipates the project to be completed within 15 months. The construction site was officially handed over to the contractors in March this year and it is expected that work will be completed by June next year.

A similar expansion project has also started at the Eenhana Vocational Training Centre in Ohangwena. Phase one of this project involves alterations to existing buildings and the construction of a new administration building, a bulk storeroom, classrooms and external works, including water and sewer reticulations and electrical and mechanical installations. The contractor for the N$22,7 million project is ID Building Contractors. The 12-month project is expected to be completed by April 2015.

A third project is the construction of a new Vocational Training Centre at Gobabis. The NTA’s Manager: Capital Projects, Gad Kangueehi says the construction of a centre at Gobabis was in line with the NTA’s Expansion Plan. “We want to bring training opportunities to Namibians in all parts of the country. Very soon, the people of Omaheke will have a centre where they can receive training in vocational and technical areas”.

The NTA plans to stage groundbreaking ceremonies for each of the three projects soon.

Photo caption:

HANDING OVER THE RVTC CONSTRUCTION SITE:
Back fltr: L. April (RVTC Trainer); P. Christaine (Emcon – Electrical Engineer); S. Jarmann (R. Frankle & Partners – QS) ; E.Siedentopf (ESAD – Architect) ; M.Zimny (SCE- Structural Engineer) Front fltr: S.Chen and J. Fan (Jiangsu Zhengtai – Contractor). G.Kangueehi (NTA) ; E.Tjandja (RVTC Head), R. Haingura (RVTC Trainer – Plumbing & Pipefitting)

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The Namibia Training Authority staged a media briefing at its Headquarters in the capital today (Tuesday, 28th February 2014) to brief the media on the significant progress being made towards the implementation of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Levy.

Acting CEO, Ester Anna Nghipondoka highlighted the requirement for eligible employers to register as levy-paying employers before the deadline of 27th February 2014 and called on the media to partner the NTA in ensuring that this message is shared with employers across the country.

Nghipondoka emphasised that the Vocational Education and Training Levy was a step in the right direction for our country as it was aligned with expectations under the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 2030, which highlight the importance of skills and skills development in our quest for sustained economic growth.

“I therefore call on all eligible employers to embrace the Vocational Education and Training Levy with a sense of ownership towards establishing a reliable source of financing Technical and Vocational Education and Training in our country”, stressed Nghipondoka

The briefing follows the publication in the Government Gazette on the 27th of January 2014 of the final notice by the Minister of Education, to impose the Vocational Education and Training Levy on eligible employers.

Under this notice the Vocational Education and Training Levy is payable by every employer, with an annual payroll of N$ 1 000 000-00 (one-million) or more.

Nghipondoka was joined by the General Manager of the NTA’s National Training Fund Department, Joseph Mukendwa and the Manager of the Public Relations, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement Division, Mornay Louw, who attended to technical questions pertaining to implementation processes

At this juncture, I call upon you to partner us in disseminating this important message to eligible employers across our country. It is of utmost importance that they register for this very important national project.

In line with our strategic objective as per our current five-year Strategic Plan, the Namibia Training Authority has set up the necessary infrastructure and systems to support an efficient and convenient online registration process. Eligible employers can register through our official website – www.nta.com.na

However, where online registration may not be possible, registration forms can be collected from the Namibia Training Authority Head Office in Rand Street, Khomasdal, or can be downloaded from our website for completion and submission.

A Customer Care Centre and toll-free number have been set up to assist eligible employers and ensure a smooth registration process. We encourage employers to make contact through the toll-free number, 0800 2078 550, or e-mail, levy@nta.com.na