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

Fruitful discussions at NTA Village on the 11th of October 2016 between the NTA and the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) of South Africa, may soon result in the formalisation of a partnership agreement between the two entities.
Elaborating on the good work the HWSETA was doing in her country’s health, social development and veterinary sectors, CEO, Yvonne Mbane said her organisation was keen to enter into a mutually beneficial partnership with the NTA. “Partnership with peer organisations in the broader SADC region is important to the HWSETA. Yes, we are eager to share our successes with others, but we equally value that we too can learn important lessons from our peers in neighbouring countries”, Mbane noted.
CEO, Jerry Beukes echoed his counterpart’s sentiments noting that the NTA appreciated the value that can be derived from cooperation with HWSETA. “As a relatively young organisation, the NTA stands to benefit immensely from the experience of a peer organisation such as HWSETA, especially as far as training levy disbursement and job attachment practices are concerned. I am delighted that we soon can formalise a partnership”, he said.
HWSETA endeavours to create an integrated approach to the development and provision of appropriately skilled health and social development workers, to render quality services comparable to world-class standards.
Its broad strategic objectives include the development and implementation of sector skills plan; identification of workplaces for practical work experience; disbursement of training levies collected; forge links and partnerships with stakeholders and relevant bodies; and the promotion of the employment of disabled persons.

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The NTA entered into a multi-partner agreement with the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater), the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) towards the delivery of training in the area of Heavy Plant Operator.
The agreement was signed at a media conference at the NamWater Head Office on the 27th of September 2016.
CEO, Jerry Beukes, in a message delivered by Acting COO, Richwell Lukonga, described the agreement as a meaningful step in advancing, strengthening and expanding the VET system to better serve the current and emerging local skills needs, especially in critical occupational areas, where serious shortages are experienced.
“One such skills area needed by industry, especially in the roads, logistics and mining sectors, is that of Heavy Plant Operators. It is an area that requires our immediate focus to grow the numbers of qualified Namibian operators. However, we are hampered in this regard, because currently, there are no registered institutions, offering training in this field”, he explained.
On his part, NamWater CEO, Dr. Vaino Shivute welcomed the agreement, saying it can go a long way in addressing the pressing industry need for skilled Heavy Plant Operators.
“This partnership demonstrates how public institutions and donors can pull together and create synergy. Indeed, it will support us all in alleviating the shortage of qualified Heavy Plant Operators. Namwater is delighted to be partner. This is certainly a step in the right direction”, he remarked.
Through the National Training Fund (NTF), the NTA will allocate N$14.8 million over the next two years for heavy plant, capital works and equipment, towards the total capital requirement of N$21.5 million to start Heavy Plant Operator training at the Namwater HRDC, outside Okahandja.
The NTA will also provide funding for the annual operational costs to train at least twenty Heavy Plant Operator students to NQA Level 3, as guided by the unit costs, which currently stands at about N$60-thousand, per trainee.
The NTA will also support overall implementation in terms of quality assurance; the review of unit standards and qualifications; and assessment and certification services.
NamWater will be responsible for the delivery of Heavy Plant Operator training and provision of all support, technical and training services to successfully deliver the training course, which stand to benefit from the already established infrastructure, administrative and management services at the Namwater HRDC.
In addition, NamWater will invest in the construction of a practical training area (roads and pit), which completion is anticipated by the end of this year.
In turn, the RCC will donate heavy plant equipment, which include machinery deemed critical for training delivery, including a front-end loader, dozer, excavator, tipper truck, backhoe loader and a water trailer. While relatively old, the machinery will also support overall training delivery in other key aspects, especially as far as machinery repairs, is concerned.
The RCC will also avail fully equipped workshop in Windhoek, one qualified diesel-mechanic and one work-hand to execute the necessary repairs on the machinery.
GIZ is to avail funding to ensure training delivery starts in the first quarter of 2017.
The funding will also be used to procure two machines critical to the start-up, namely a Tipper Truck and a Tractor Loader Backhoe (TLB), either refurbished or new.
GIZ is also to provide advisory support services through the ProVET team (e.g. quality assurance, coordination, training provider support etc.), as well as recruit the services of a technical expert for the NamWater HRDC to provide hands-on support towards implementation.
An intake of at least 20 Namibians is anticipated for the three-year training course in March 2017. A second intake will take place once trainees under the first intake are on industry placements. Senior officials from all four organisations are to be appointed to serve on a Joint Heavy Plant Operator Task Team, tasked to ensure the effective implementation of the agreement.

Posted by: In: News 24 Aug 2016 Comments: 0

The Namibia Training Authority entered into Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with ten local training institutions at a ceremony held in the capital, on the 9th of August 2016.
The agreements fall into two broad categories, and are to be implemented under the Vocational
Education and Training Levy’s Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window. The first category
involves approved intervention areas for funding as part of demand-led training interventions with
seven local training institutions, totaling N$ 27,876,942.82.
Altogether 901 trainees stand to benefit from these interventions. The institutions are DAPP
Vocational Centre, Namibian College of Open Learning, Phillipi Trust Namibia, Wolwedans
Academy, Business School of Excellence, Triumphant College and Tulipohamba Training
Academy.
Specific qualifications covered under these agreements include Bricklaying and Plastering (Level 3);
Office Administration (Level 3); Automotive Mechanics (Level 3); Plumbing and Pipefitting (Level
3); Welding and Metal Fabrication (Level 3); Counselling Services (Level 3); Hospitality and
Tourism (Level 2); Wholesale and Retail Distribution (Level 2); Wholesale and Retail Operations
(Level 2); Logistics (Level 5).
The agreements also cover training in other key areas, including Electrical and Electronic
Engineering; Telecommunication Engineering; Construction Engineering; Accounting and Finance;
Marketing; Counseling; Occupational Health and Safety; Healthcare Administration; and
Community Health Education. The second category involves approved intervention areas for
funding as part of support and capacity-building interventions with three local training institutions,
totaling N$ 8,694,210.00.
Institutions benefitting from these agreements include the DAPP Vocational Centre, where the
funding is to support the establishment of production units and innovative approaches to training
delivery and the Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF), where the funding is to
be applied towards equipment, minor repairs and renovations to three training centers. It is
anticipated that the support to COSDEF will enable it to meet the accreditation requirements of the Namibia Qualifications Authority for the three centres to be awarded accreditation for programmes up to Level 2.
It also includes support to the Namibian Federation of the Visually Impaired, which is to apply the funding towards ensuring the continuity of its rehabilitation training and service centre, which amongst others offers braille, community-based rehabilitation training, computer training, entrepreneurship development and peer counselling services. CEO, Jerry Beukes, highlighted that the VET Levy’s Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window provided for up to 35% of all monies collected through this programme, to be invested in the
development of skills and capacities in high-demand, in prioritized sectors of our economy. “The services of the beneficiary training institutions were solicited through an open and transparent procurement process, through which accredited training providers were invited, in October 2015, to submit proposals for training in
occupations identified in high demand as listed in the NTA’s National Skills Development Plan for the Vocational Education and Training Sector. These proposals were evaluated against strict
technical criteria aimed at ensuring that trainees benefit from high quality training services”, he explained.
Beukes said the signing of SLAs signified the solid progress in realising the VET Levy as a programme under which our country can sustainably enhance both the quality and quantity of technical and vocational skills provision. “The NTA continues to prioritise demand-led training interventions to the benefit of trainees and
training institution and industry partners, alike. It demonstrates the value we attach to the creation of high quality, equitable and accessible training opportunities for the Namibian people. It shows that while much more still needs to be done to grow more such opportunities and develop our national skills base, we are on the right track”, he noted. On his part, Chairperson of the National Training Fund Council, Patrick Swartz refuted recent media reports that the VET Levy was allegedly being administered from South Africa and commended the NTA for implementing and administering the VET Levy in a sustainable, viable, efficient and effective manner. “Yes, the VET Levy programme has brought about a more stable and sustainable funding regime under which to accelerate the provision of equitable, quality and accessible technical and vocational training services”, he highlighted.
Swartz also stressed the importance of VET in delivering the skills needed for a modernised economy and in countering the disturbingly high levels of youth unemployment. “We need to do more to support the development of local skills as a tool for individual empowerment and national economic development. Going forward, the NTA needs to intensify collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders under the VET Levy programme, especially its industry and training institution stakeholders”, he emphasised.

Posted by: In: News 24 Aug 2016 Comments: 0

The Namibian Federation for the Visually Impaired (NVFI) has welcomed the funding support it is to receive through the Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window of the Vocational Education and Training Levy. The NTA has entered into a N$ 1.9 million Service Level Agreement with the NVFI to support it in ensuring the continuity of its rehabilitation training and service centre, which amongst others offers braille, community-based rehabilitation training, computer training, entrepreneurship development and peer counselling services.
Speaking at a signing ceremony in the capital on Tuesday, 9th August 2016, NVFI Executive Director, Moses Nghipandulwa welcomed the agreement saying it will help to sustain the operations of the NVFI, which submitted a request for financial support to ensure the continuity of training at its service centre. “Forty-five persons now stand to benefit from further training under this funding intervention. The timing of this agreement is perfect. The Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired previously funded the NVFI, but its financial support ended on the 30th of December 2015, which has led to the suspension of the rehabilitation training programmes, from April this year”, Nghipandulwa explained. On his part, CEO, Jerry Beukes highlighted that the support to the NVFI was aligned to the NTA’s ongoing objective to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities into the VET sector. “We are pleased to now be part of the NFVI’s activities and we trust that they will continue their good work in making VET an inclusive and viable option. Inclusiveness remains high on our agenda and we look forward to consider requests for support and cooperation from other role-players to ensure that we secure and grow inclusive training opportunities for many more Namibians living with disabilities”, Beukes stressed.

Posted by: In: News 24 Aug 2016 Comments: 0

The NTA’s Standards, Assessment and Certification Council approved the applications for registration of three training institutions, at its meeting held on the 26th of July 2016. The institutions are Ngato Vocational Training Centre, Namibian Institute of Welding and NICHE Training Academy. Ngato VTC can now enroll trainees for the National Vocational Certificate in Business Services (Office Administration) Level 1, while the Namibian Institute of Welding is now registered to enrol trainees in the area of Coded Welding, which include plate carbon welding, pipe welding and stainless steel welding, from Level 1 to Level 3.
On its part, NICHE Training Academy received approval to enroll trainees for the National Vocational Certificate in Metal Fabrication, from Level 1 to Level 2. At the same meeting, the SACC also approved applications for the expansion of training scope of the following institutions:
• Namibian College of Open Learning (Rundu) – National Vocational
Certificate in Business Services (Office Administration) Level 1-3;
• Monitronic Success College – National Vocational Certificate in
Business Services (Office Administration) Level 1;
• Marco Mpollo Vocational Training Centre – National Vocational
Certificate in Business Services (Office Administration) Level 1 and
National Vocational Certificate in Bricklaying Level 1.

Speaking to The Stakeholder, Quality Assurance Manager, Ian Gicheru welcomed the approvals, noting that it demonstrated that the local VET market was responding to the need to free up more training opportunities for young Namibians. “We are delighted by the steady and solid growth. And I need to thank the training institutions concerned for their hard work and commitment in seeing to it that they meet the requirements, as set out in the Regulations for the Registration of Training Providers”, he said. Gicheru also encouraged institutions, not yet registered with the NTA, to do so without delay, noting that there were still institutions that mislead parents and prospective trainees into believing that they are indeed registered institutions, while they are not. “We invite all training institutions not registered with us to approach our offices and to access the necessary support and guidance towards preparing and submitting formal registration applications. It is the right thing to do”, he explained. He also called on prospective trainees to always establish whether a training institution was indeed registered with the NTA, before they pay any monies, including enrolment fees. “The list of registered institutions continues to grow making it difficult for us to share printed copies with stakeholders, including trainees. However, the NTA keeps an updated list of all registered
VET institutions and the scope of course offerings on our website. This list can be accessed through the link http://www.nta.com.na/?page_id=1022. Should people not be able to access the list via the website, they are welcome to visit our offices or call us at 061-2078557”, Gicheru highlighted. Gicheru expects more applications to be approved at the SACC’s next meeting, which is scheduled to take place on the 11th of October 2016.

Posted by: In: News 28 Jul 2016 Comments: 0

In line with the requirements of the Vocational Education and Training Act of 2008, and the Regulations Related to the use of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Levy, the Namibia Training Authority may allocate an amount not exceeding 35 percent of the levies received for a financial year to cater for the funding of training interventions under the VET Levy’s Key Priority Training Funding Window.

According to the General Manager: National Training Fund, Joseph Mukendwa, it was against this background that the Board of Directors approved a list of focus areas to be supported from the Key Priority Grant allocation. “Following a thorough and detailed selection process, we have now identified a number of credible training institutions to offer training under this allocation and we are hard at work to finalise service level agreements with all these institutions”, he said.

The approved interventions include demand-led programmes identified in the NTA’s Skills Development Plan for the VET Sector (SDP1). “Under this area, accredited training institutions were invited in October 2015 through a public notice, to submit proposals for training in occupations identified in high demand as listed in the SDP1. Fifteen proposals were received, of which eight institutions met the criterion of accreditation with the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA)”, Mukendwa stated.

The interventions also include support to the NTA’s VET expansion programme, in particular the support of innovative approaches to training delivery and the establishment of production units at training centers. “The engagement of training institutions under this intervention is being implemented in two phases. While, we already engaged the public Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) under the first phase, the second phase involved the engagement of private institutions. I am glad to announce that in this regard, the Board approved the proposals of two local private institutions”, Mukendwa said.

Mukendwa also highlighted that the Key Priority Training interventions included a strong focus on the inclusion of People with Disabilities into the VET sector. “As an organisation, we are indeed very happy about this development as it ties in well with the support we have envisioned to render towards supporting inclusiveness in VET. We want to ensure that specialised equipment and training materials are made available and that training infrastructure are friendly to the needs of people with disabilities. I am therefore delighted that the Namibian Federation of the Visually Impaired (NFVI) has submitted a request for financial support to ensure training continuity at its service centre, where thirty-six individuals now stand to benefit from our funding”, Mukendwa highlighted.

Mukendwa noted that the NTA planned to stage a signing ceremony in the capital in July 2016 where it is going to enter into contracts with all the identified training institutions.“We plan to invite the media to this event to support us in getting the message out there that funds collected through the VET Levy are applied in a transparent and responsible manner towards ensuring that we invest in high-quality demand-led training for the benefit of our trainees and our industry stakeholders, at large. Growing more training opportunities under this funding window of the VET Levy will continue to remain a key priority for the National Training Fund, for the foreseeable future”, he noted.

Posted by: In: News 28 Jul 2016 Comments: 0

The public has responded overwhelmingly to a recent invitation by the NTA for eligible Namibians with advanced vocational and and technicals skills and hands-on experience in their respective fields to register for its current Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assessment Round.

NTA RPL Coordinator, Moses Tjirare says the NTA has identified RPL as part of its funding interventions under the Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window of the VET Levy. Such RPL assessments can result in recognised qualifications for the selected candidates, who will now undergo assessment within current industry standards and obtain qualifications that may add value to their personal portfolios. “We are very happy with the response. More than 500 applications were received. It clearly demonstrates the need for RPL, and going forward, we will have to work very hard to ensure that we extend this service to all industry sectors”, Tjirare explained. “Indeed, the Harambee Prosperity Plan expects about 2 000 individuals to be certified through RPL, by the end of the Harambee period”, he noted.

As far as those who missed out on the application deadline for the current RPL assessment round is concerned, Tjirare highlights that a second round is being planned for September this year. “Those eligible candidates who missed out on the current round should not despair. In fact, my advice to them is to start preparing their applications and portfolios for submission. We are going to focus on the same areas. However, the scope might also increase and discussions in this regard are ongoing. We will inform the public through the media”, he highlighted.

RPL is the process of formally recognising skills and knowledge acquired over years, regardless of how, when and where such learning occurred. Prospective applicants for RPL on Level 2 should have a minimum of three years relevant working experience, while a minimum of five years relevant working experience is required from applicants for Level 3. Such experience may include community work, volunteer work, previous training or any other relevant life experiences. Occupation-specific application forms can be accessed through the ‘Downloads’ section on the NTA corporate website www.nta.com.na , or collected at the NTA’s Assessment and Certification Division, Routh Street, Northern Industria, Windhoek.

Posted by: In: News 28 Jul 2016 Comments: 0

Altogether eleven local Electrical General trainers left the country on Tuesday, 19 July 2016, to participate in an intensive two-month training course at the internationally renowned Lucas Nuelle Institute, in Kerpen, Federal Republic of Germany.

The training intervention serves as a comprehensive response on the part of the NTA to national development objectives, as outlined in the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4), the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme (ETSIP) and the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which amongst others emphasise the need for local trainers to undergo technical and pedagogical upskilling and capacitation, through the upgrading of their qualifications and enhanced industry exposure.

VET Curriculum Implementation Manager, Ernst Eixab says the NTA engaged Lucas Nuelle Institute to ensure a tailor-made training programme, which suits the Namibian context by considering crucial issues such as the Namibian Unit Standards and the qualification level on the National Qualification Framework. “The training course is indeed very advanced and include a range of specialized courses. We are confident that our participants will meet expectations”, Eixab explained.

The training course is to cover the following key areas: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering; Measuring Electrical Quantities; Effects and Dangers of Electric Current; Protective Measures and Accident Prevention Regulations; Repair Work and Modification, Creating and Interpreting Schematics, First Aid and Firefighting in Electrical Accidents; and Electrical Equipment Operations.
It is also to include a strong focus on measurement, systematic troubleshooting, electromechanical and electrical components, installations and pedagogy and didactics.

The participants will also have the opportunity to visit leading industry plants, whilst in Germany. According to Eixab, the skills, knowledge and experience gained from the training course can go a long way in contributing to improved quality in local Electrical General training. “We expect the participants to upon their return, share their newfound skills and knowledge with our Technical Working Groups (TWGs), especially as far as revising the set curricula and the setting of assessment papers are concerned. Indeed, they need to share their knowledge and skills to the benefit of the training-learning process”, he added.
Eixab also highlighted an expectation for the group of trainers to act as mentors to other Electrical General trainers at both public and private VTCs. “They will have to take up a leading role on learning platforms to share their skills and knowledge with their peers”, Eixab said.

Posted by: In: News 28 Jun 2016 Comments: 0

The Board of Directors of the NTA has announced the appointment of
Jerry Raymond Beukes as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO,) on a five-year term, effective 01 June 2016. Making the announcement in a media statement issued in Windhoek on the 2nd of June 2016, Board Chairperson, Otto Nakasole Shikongo congratulated Beukes on his appointment, emphasising that the Board was looking forward to the NTA and the broader Vocational Education and Training sector being the beneficiary of his proven leadership and management skills. Beukes had been acting in the capacity of CEO, since February 2015.

He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA). Before joining the NTA in 2014 as its Chief Operations Officer, Beukes held the position of Director: Programme Development and Registration at the then Polytechnic of Namibia (now Namibia University of Science and Technology). The Stakeholder caught up with the new CEO and asked him a few questions:

SH: Few people know this about you, but you started out as a teacher. Tell us about your journey from teacher to CEO.
JB: It has been an exciting journey. I would not say that when I graduated as a teacher that the long- term goal was to be a CEO. However, somewhere in that first seven (7) months that I taught at Ella du Plessis High, I realised I liked being in leadership. With that in mind, I took a deliberate decision to leave teaching and to instead take on a wide variety of jobs in different functions and capacities to give me a breadth of understanding of the whole education sector. I have learned so much from different employers and really engaging in their cultures. I’ve picked up on different leadership styles and different strategies that work in different organisations and environments. I now have the opportunity to take the best of all of these experiences and create a culture I think is best suited for the NTA in living up to its mandate.

It will be an opportunity based on the appreciation that people are what make an organisation – That while you need talented people to be successful, people do not run themselves. That they are only as good as the people you have managing them.

SH: What leadership styles do you value? What is your leadership style?
JB: There are bits and pieces I have picked up from other leaders at all levels, during my career. Some were good at engaging and empowering the workforce, while others focused on prioritising the bigger issues. Some excelled at setting context to align people towards a common goal, whereas others taught me the importance of stewardship. Some taught me that you need excellent individual players who are also dedicated to playing as a team, whereas others taught me to strive for that all elusive balance between being task-oriented and people-oriented.

My own style is more of a motivator and
change agent. I really thrive in motivating
people to achieve an outcome and then turning them loose and watching them achieve, while
still holding them accountable for their results.
I devote the time necessary to make sure
everyone understands where and how he or she adds value and I try to have a personal
connection with everyone. As a basic principle,
I always endeavour to lead by example and
make a positive impact on the lives of people I interact with. It is not easy to do, but I think it is essential. That is my preferred style and that is what drives me.

SH: The NTA has gone through turbulent times over recent years, especially as far as the long-dragging disciplinary process against your predecessor and recent news reports that the NTA might be dissolved, are concerned. How do you plan to foster a cohesive corporate culture in the midst of such challenges?
JB: By being visible and communicative and respecting all levels of the organisation, from the general worker all the way up to the senior leadership team, the Board and our line Minister. You cannot over-communicate. And I will expect my management team to make sure we communicate effectively both inside and outside the organisation. We need to ensure that all our employees understand our strategic expectations, where we are relative to those expectations, and what role each and everyone has to play to meet those expectations.

I strongly believe we’re on the right path. We’ve got the support of our line Ministry and our Board. We’ve got a strong and robust implementation framework through our annual business plans and performance tracking mechanisms. We’ve got the support of stakeholders. We’ve got a team that’s going to make this transformation happen. It’s already happening.

SH: Before joining the NTA in 2014 as its Chief Operations Officer, you held a very senior position of Director: Programme Development and Registration at the then Polytechnic of Namibia (now Namibia University of Science and Technology). What motivated you to join the NTA?

JB: I grew up in Rehoboth – a community renowned for the quality of its artisans, especially in the construction industry. As such, I grew up appreciating and admiring first-hand how proud and skilled craftsmen – most of whom without any formal education – were able to provide for their families, and do so well. My late dad was a builder, so I experienced his craftsmanship and dedication first hand. It shouldn’t, therefore, come as a surprise to you when I say that I have indeed been a keen follower of the NTA since its establishment in 2008 and I have always wanted to be part of this exciting national assignment to establish a new and relevant national TVET system for economic empowerment, sustainable livelihoods and responsible citizenship.

While, I was equally excited by the
opportunities that came with the transformation of the Polytechnic into the Namibia University
of Science and Technology, I could not say no
to the opportunity to join the NTA as its Chief Operations Officer in 2014. Today, I am fortunate and humbled to now lead this very important organisation as its CEO.

SH: What, in your opinion, is the biggest challenge facing the local TVET sector?
JB: There are several. A lack of equitable access to training opportunities in all 14 regions, inconsistencies in the quality of training, the absence of a unified training system, a lack of qualified trainers, a lack of industry responsive training programmes in key areas, the availability of qualifications on higher levels that can articulate into higher education qualifications and transforming our overall TVET system into one that is demand-driven.

Perception about TVET, and the unfair bias against it remains a huge challenge. Yes, we live
in a society that still considers the TVET track
as a dead-end option fit for only the academically less-endowed. This dysfunctional bias is destructive to our children who should have the opportunity to be trained in whatever skills their natural gifts and preferences lead
them to. It is also destructive to us as a country. Many of the skills most needed to compete in
the global market are skills that fall into the
TVET domain. The absence of such skills has cost us, and is continuing to cost us as a nation.

SH: You have alluded to a lack of access to training opportunities. What are the NTA’s plans to address this challenge?
JB: The desire of so many Namibian children to enroll for TVET courses is clear for all to see, we still lack sufficient opportunities, as our training market is small. We owe it to our children to give them that chance, but we are not going to through good intentions alone. Making that happen at scale for the many, and not for the few, that will take real action.

And that is why the NTA’s Master Plan for the Expansion of Vocational Education and Training is of such importance. With the recent opening of the Gobabis Vocational Training Centre, the number of public
TVET institutions increased from seven to eight and the national TVET footprint has now been extended to also include the Omaheke region. Under the Master Plan, and in line with the Harambee Prosperity Plan, this footprint needs to be extended to other parts of the country where there are currently no such institutions. Although still under development, it is an ambitious plan. But, I say that while ambition may be the path to success, persistence is always the vehicle that gets you there. That is also why the NTA’s achievements should merely make our organisation determined to do more. The local training market is too small, period. We need to grow the market and we need to do so with rigour and determination. We owe it to our children to do it now, and to not wait.

SH: What is your vision for the NTA and the country’s TVET sector?
JB: The terms of the NTA’s assignment are clear. As an enterprise of the Government, it needs to spearhead the transformation of our TVET system into a mainstream activity for youth development and employment, entrepreneurship development, as well as human capacity building. That is the challenge. A credible TVET strategy must necessarily fit into our socio-economic context. In my opinion, the NTA’s rolling five-year strategy is proving itself credible in this regard. I therefore see my role in leading this transformation as one under which I need to now build on further mobilising our stakeholders in a concerted effort to create synergies and share responsibilities for the further harmonisation of our country’s TVET policies and programmes.

My vision is aligned to that of the NTA’s five-year rolling strategy set by our Board for the TVET sector, which is for the NTA to establish itself as the national port of call for technical and vocational skills, through the effective regulation and funding of training services and the sustainable delivery of quality technical and vocational skills, to the benefit of our stakeholders. And while I am aware that there exists no single model that guarantees success, I am sure I can improve the odds by making our transformation meaningful through modeling the desired mindsets, building a strong and committed team, and relentlessly pursuing impact. I am excited to do this work together.

Posted by: In: News 28 Jun 2016 Comments: 0

Members of the NTA’s various Industry Skills Committees (ISCs) attended an induction workshop in the capital on Friday, 10th June 2016.

Officially opening the workshop, NTA CEO, Jerry Beukes, commended the members for their proactive response to serve on the ISCs. “We felt it necessary to conduct this induction exercise to ensure that you add value to our mandate of establishing an efficient and effective training system by becoming competent and effective members of our ISCs, in the shortest possible time. We are confident that your expert contribution will better equip the NTA to address the training needs in your respective industries, and in our country, at large.” Beukes noted.

Beukes also highlighted the growing awareness that accelerated economic development depended on increasing the productive capacity of industries and that this in turn depended on developing a TVET system, which provided people with the skills needed by industry, and which provide citizens with access to employment.
“This closer alignment of training with the needs of the labour market is indeed a key objective of the Vocational Education and Training Act of 2008. As standing committees of the Board and comprised of senior people from industry, the ISCs helps us develop a training system driven by the needs of industry. This is done through a tripartite approach that involves a collaborative partnership between the NTA, training providers and industry”, Beukes explained.

The CEO also highlighted that as representatives of their respective industry sectors, the mandate of the ISCs was to ensure that the current and future training needs of their respective sectors are indeed recognised and incorporated into the NTA’s training plans and activities. “I cannot emphasise enough the importance of your ongoing input and involvement. The training priorities you will identify will inform the NTA’s programmes of action to develop the qualifications, unit standards and training programmes necessary to meet the skills needs in your industries. The industry intelligence you provide will be a driving force in developing the responsive and demand-driven VET system, so clearly envisioned in the VET Act of 2008”, Beukes highlighted.

The workshop included presentations by the NTA’s departmental and divisional heads, focusing on a wide range of topics about the organisation and its core functions, including the Application of the VET Levy; the VET Expansion Project; Registration of Training Institutions; Assessment and Assessment Services; VET Curriculum Implementation; the Development of VET Unit Standards and Qualifications; VET Advocacy and the 2016 National Skills Competition and Exposition.