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Posted by: In: News 03 Apr 2017 Comments: 0

A delegation of the Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs paid a courtesy visit to the NTA on Friday, 17th March 2017, as part of a project facilitated by the Office of the President. The delegates form part of a group of experts who are expected to produce a useful and actionable report that ‘brands’ Namibia internationally as a gateway to Southern Africa and positions the country as the primary logistics and administrative hub of the sub-region.

Group Leader, Felix Tan said as part of the assignment, the experts were looking into various sectors of the economy, including the education sector. “Narrowing down to primary and secondary education, tertiary and Vocational Education and Training (VET), we will be conducting a project to build on the leverage of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP). Since the VET sector forms an integral part of the HPP, we would like to learn about the NTA’s processes, strategies and achievements. This will greatly help us in our research and recommendations to the President”, he noted.

On his part, CEO, Jerry Beukes told the delegation that VET has been highlighted in the HPP as a key project with a high premium assigned to it, because of its potential to equip citizens with job and work-ready skills and deal with the global challenges of youth employability and unemployment.

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The Zambezi Vocational Training Centre inaugurated a brand new guesthouse training facility at its Katima Mulilo campus, on the 13th of March 2017.

Officiating at the event, CEO, Jerry Beukes appealed to businesses in the Zambezi region, especially those in the tourism and hospitality sectors, to become the NTA’s job attachment partners. “There is not enough job attachment opportunities available in the local training market,” he said, adding that job attachment opportunities make up an integral part of training, as trainees are required at specific intervals of their programmes to gain practical work experience at relevant industry employers.

“Such opportunities substantially increase the chances of graduates finding employment because for an employer, a candidate who has spent time working in a particular industry shows dedication and enthusiasm for a particular job. Most importantly, job attachments boost self-confidence, entrepreneurship and create positive attitudes,” he said.
Beukes noted that the support of the relevant industry stakeholders will prove that what they are doing at the vocational centres is producing productive members of society. “Indeed, the real test in our country’s Vocational Education and Training sector is the employability of our graduates. Therefore, our plea to employers is to become meaningful partners in our quest to deliver graduates of a high quality and high calibre, whose skills will allow them to add value to any employer, or to start their own businesses,” he added.

Meanwhile, ZVTC Centre Manager, Richard Kambinda welcomed the new facility saying that it enabled the institution to provide much-needed practical training for trainees. “As a training institution, we have an obligation to provide practical hands-on training to our trainees. This facility now positions us to do so in giving our Tourism and Hospitality trainees both the theoretical and practical knowledge right here at the institution”, he explained.

Zambezi Governor, Hon. Lawrence Sampofu, officiated at the event and called on inhabitants of Katima Mulilo and the broader Zambezi region to take full ownership of the facility.

Posted by: In: News 27 Feb 2017 Comments: 0

The Namibia Training Authority has embarked on a pilot programme for entrepreneurship training, coaching and mentorship for Level 3 trainees, who would like to start-up their businesses and those who already have businesses.
The programme, which is to be piloted over a period of twelve months, have already kicked off at the Valombola Vocational Training Centre and Eenhana Vocational Training Centre in September 2016. The two centres have each selected 30 trainees from different trades to participate in the programme.
Indongo Indongo, Manager Research and Planning, told The Stakeholder that the initiative supported the Government’s Harambee Prosperity Plan, which calls for a reputable and competitive VET system and a spirit of entrepreneurship and enterprise development. “The NTA’s Board of Directors through its 2016/17-2020/21 Strategic Plan prioritises the introduction and implementation of a focused and targeted approach to entrepreneurial development in the VET arena, through skills development programmes and attitudes”, he explained.
“The NTA is inspired by the initiative to upskill young Namibians to become job creators rather than job seekers. The training is to capacitate and empower VET trainees with business and entrepreneurial skills and to facilitate a process under which VET graduates are empowered to start their own sustainable enterprises”, he added.
Indongo further highlighted that the programme should not be confused with general business or economic studies, as its goal is to promote creativity, innovation and the self-employment of VET graduates. “Entrepreneurship means different things to different people. Successful entrepreneurship involves much more than having a great concept”, he noted.
Upon completion of the workshops, trainees will also be provided with additional tools and equipment for their businesses and to start their businesses.
Training workshops will also be held at the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre, Zambezi Vocational Training Centre (Katima Mulilo) and Rundu Vocational Training Centre.
Consultants from Business Financial Solution (BFS) and Development Consultants for Southern Africa (DECOSA) are conducting the workshops.

Posted by: In: News 27 Feb 2017 Comments: 0

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Posted by: In: News 27 Feb 2017 Comments: 0

The NTA’s Standards, Assessment and Certification Council (SACC) approved the registration of five VET institutions, at a meeting on the 26th of January 2016.
The institutions are Anistemi College and Training Centre (Usakos); Institute of Information Technology (Pty) Ltd. (Windhoek & Swakopmund); Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) (Otjiwarongo); Namwater Human Resource Development Centre (Okahandja); and Silver Spoon Hospitality Academy CC (Windhoek).
The institutions offer courses in the field of hospitality, information technology, business administration, manufacturing, mechanical and electrical. Having already gone through the accreditation process of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA), they meet the quality requirements required of an institution to attain official accreditation status.
At the same meeting, the SACC approved the re-registration of three institutions, namely Adonai College (Windhoek), African Hospitality & Tourism CC (Windhoek) and Wolwedans Foundation Trust (Windhoek).
Another institution, Africa Institutional Management Services (AIMS) (Arandis) also had its training scope expanded with the following qualifications:
National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism; (Accommodation Services & Food and Beverage Services) Level 2;
National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism (Front Office Operations) Level 3;
National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism (Food & Beverage Operations) Level 3; and
National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism (Core Commercial Cookery Skills) Level 3.

Manager: Quality Assurance, Ian Gicheru told The Stakeholder that both the NTA and NQA have the interest of quality training entrenched in their mandates. “The training market remains small and we need more training institutions. However, it is very important that institutions meet the registration requirements”, he said.
Gicheru also emphasised that registration is only valid for a number of years, whereafter institutions need to re-apply for re-registration. “It is therefore important that prospective trainees always establish whether an institution is still registered with the NTA, before they enroll, he said. He added that the NTA plans to soon embark on an intensive media campaign to sensitise stakeholders about the importance to enroll at credible training institutions.

Posted by: In: News 27 Feb 2017 Comments: 0

The Standards Assessment and Certification Council (SACC), at a meeting held on the 11th January 2017, approved revised unit standards and qualifications for Plumbing and Office Administration, currently registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
The approval was preceded by a series of Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings with industry members and stakeholders, during the review process.
As part of the national stakeholders consultation process, the proposed outcome of the review was posted on the NTA website and adverts were placed in the local newspapers for relevant stakeholders input.
In October 2016, the Mining Industry Skills Committee approved the review of 38 Plumbing unit standards on Level 1 to Level 4,while the Financial and Business Services Industry Skills Committee approved 34 Office Administration unit standards on Level 1 to Level 4. Emerging from the review, the subfield for Plumbing was changed to Civil and Building Services Engineering. Special notes and range statements were also amended to give emphasis and clarity to any terms used in the unit standards.
In Office Administration, new industry terminologies were incorporated into the unit standards, while new competencies were identified and added to the unit standards and qualifications.
Meanwhile, Acting VET Standards Manager, Ruusa Iitula-Hango indicates that her team has kicked off with a range of national consultation sessions in the areas of Hairdressing; Beauty Therapy; Fitter and Turner; and Millwright. “We are focusing on a number of qualifications identified as priorities under the various Sector Skills Plans. My team is working around the clock to ensure that qualifications in these areas are developed and submitted to the NQA for registration on the NQF. Other areas include Instrumentation; Electronics; Auto Mechatronics; Panelbeating and Spraypainting; and Agriculture”, she highlighted.

Posted by: In: News 06 Feb 2017 Comments: 0

The NTA’s Board of Directors has approved the establishment of Advisory Committees for all the public Vocational Training Centres (VTCs), under its supervision.
Company Secretary, Tomas Nekongo, said the overarching objective and mandate of the Advisory Committees is to promote efficiency and a service-oriented approach to the management of VTCs. “The VTC Advisory Committees are to provide advice on the strategic direction of the VTC, monitoring the implementation of the Strategic and Business Plans, and reporting progress to the NTA CEO or his/ her delegate. The committees are also to contribute to the implementation of resolutions and instructions of the CEO, particularly on aspects related to the Strategic Plans of VTCs”, Nekongo explained. “Another key role is the development and submission of annual work plans to the Board as well as bi-annual reports on their activities”, he added.
In terms of their responsibilities, the committees will, in accordance with the VET Act of 2008, consider management proposals, provide advice to the management and make recommendations to the CEO on matters relating to the future direction of the VTCs. “Key responsibilities include monitoring the implementation of a VTC’s strategic projects such as physical and programmatic expansion, entrepreneurship programmes and capital projects; advising the VTC on matters related to, or affecting, the quality of training; and monitoring the implementation of the VTC’s annual Business Plan in line with the VTC’s Strategic Plan”, Nekongo explained. “The committees are also responsible for contributing to the development of policies and operational procedures of the VTC and to encourage community and industry participation by facilitating access for VTC trainees to internship and projects”, he concluded.
Committee members are appointed to hold office for a term of three years and are eligible for re-appointment. Although the NTA Board appoints the committees, they are to report to the CEO, who in turn reports to the Board. Members of the committees are to attend an induction workshop in the capital on the 9th and 10th of February 2017. The workshop is aimed at introducing them to the NTA, its operations and key strategic initiatives.

Posted by: In: News 06 Feb 2017 Comments: 0

Richwell Lukonga has been appointed as Chief Operations Officer (COO), effective 01 December 2016.
CEO, Jerry Beukes made the announcement at a staff meeting held on 13 December 2016. The COO position has been vacant since February 2015, when Beukes started acting as CEO and was subsequently appointed as CEO in June 2016.
Lukonga has been acting as Chief Operations Officer since February 2015 until his appointment. Lukonga joined NTA in 2010 and has held the positions of Manager: Councils and Committees and General Manager: Operations.
The NTA Board, management and staff wish Lukonga all the best in his new position.

Posted by: In: News 06 Feb 2017 Comments: 2

The Council of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) has approved new National Vocational Certificate (NVC) qualifications in Carpentry and Process Plant Operators for registration on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The qualifications are as follows:
1. General Construction (Level 1) (Carpentry);
2. General Construction (Level 2) (Carpentry);
3. General Construction (Level 3) (Carpentry); and
4. General Construction (Level 4) (Carpentry).
Process Plant Operations
1. Metallurgy (Level 1) Foundation;
2. Metallurgy (Level 2) Operator Attendant;
3. Metallurgy (Level 3) Junior Operator;
4. Metallurgy (Level 3) Operator;
5. Metallurgy (Level 4) Hydro-Metallurgical Processing, Senior Operator;
6. Metallurgy (Level 4) Mineral Processing, Senior Operator; and
7. Metallurgy (Level 4) Pyro-Metallurgical Processing, Senior Operator.  

Acting Manager: VET Standards, Ruusa Iitula-Hango, said that the development and registration of these qualifications were supported through the recently-concluded Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) Project of UNESCO. “The BEAR Project had qualifications development as one of its three main components. In consultation with our industry partners, we focused on the broader construction and mining sectors and developed the qualifications through collaboration with local experts in the two occupations. Colleagues from the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) assisted us in this regard”, she explained.
Iitula-Hango encouraged local training institutions to access and implement the new qualifications. “The new qualifications create an opportunity for registered training institutions to expand the scope of their training offerings and enroll trainees in these areas. We also hope that with the NTA’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) national assessment rounds that have kicked off in earnest, those who have been working in the fields of Carpentry and Process Plant Operators, but do not possess any qualifications will be able to go through the process and be certified accordingly”, she stressed.
In terms of other qualifications being developed by the VET Standards Division, Iitula-Hango said her team was focusing on a number of qualifications identified as priorities under the various Sector Skills Development Plans. “We are currently busy with development work in the priorities identified by the Industry Skills Committees and our industry stakeholders. These include qualifications for Beauty Therapy; Wholesale and Retail; Instrumentation; Electronics; Millwright; Fitter and Turner; Auto Mechatronics; Panelbeating and Spraypainting; and Agriculture. My team is working around the clock to ensure that qualifications in these areas are developed and submitted to the NQA for registration on the NQF”, she highlighted.

Posted by: In: News 31 Oct 2016 Comments: 0

Local trainers need to be equipped with what is required to make the VET sector responsive to national economic, social and political needs. The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi said this at the Okakarara VTC graduation ceremony, staged at the Otjozondjupa town on the 23rd of September 2016.
Dr. Kandjii-Murangi stressed that a range of other factors exacerbated the shortage of competent and skilled trainers, including the low reputation of their profession and the fact that many trainers possess relatively low formal qualifications, severely affecting training delivery at higher qualification levels. “Furthermore, many trainers are inappropriately practically skilled, because of a training system that long emphasised theoretical knowledge, often not aligned with modern technology requirements, and which disregarded the importance of practical skills and appreciation of the world of work”, she highlighted.
The Minister also cited the increasingly multi-functional roles and responsibilities of trainers, which she noted have led to new learning approaches with greater autonomy for trainers for programme decisions and outreach to the world of work. “A wide range of countries now require significant non-academic work experience as part of the certification of trainers, in efforts to break down the divide between VET institutions and workplaces”, she noted.
Dr. Kandjii-Murangi also stressed that youth unemployment and new forms of work organisation were driving a renewed search for balanced skills development that responds more closely to real workplace needs. “This in turn creates a need for closer cooperation between industry, VET institutions, trainers and other stakeholders to come up with strategies through which we can bridge this divide”, she said.
CEO, Jerry Beukes, in a message delivered by General Manager: Information Technology, Tengovandu Kandetu, congratulated the trainees and encouraged them to embrace innovation as they enter the world of work as VET practitioners. “You are the future. You are the ones that carry our country’s aspirations to become an innovative nation. You are the innovators of tomorrow”, he said.
Level 3 certificates were awarded to trainees in the areas of Welding and Fabrication (31); Plumbing and Pipefitting (29); Office Administration (19); Auto Mechanics (24); Hospitality and Tourism (37); Bricklaying and Plastering (19); Hairdressing (13); Carpentry and Joinery (10); and Clothing Production (2).