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Posted by: In: News 17 Feb 2016 Comments: 0

Twelve local VET trainers left for Berlin, Germany on the 16th of January 2016 to undergo a six week training course at that country’s renowned Lucas-Nuelle Academy.

Addressing the group at a send-off ceremony at NTA Village, Acting CEO, Jerry Beukes said their training formed part of a broad capacity building drive to respond to expectations under the NTA’s rolling five-year Strategic Plan to continuously upgrade the qualifications and build the competence of instructors and trainers in our VET system.“It is also a response to a recent broad competence assessment exercise that was conducted to determine the nature and extent of our VTC trainers’ qualifications and competencies (both pedagogical and technical) in relation to prevailing standards and requirements. This exercise was also aimed at recommending appropriate capacity-building strategies and interventions to address skills gaps identified in this process, and ultimately improve the quality of our VET outcomes”, Beukes explained.

He stressed as a key recommendation of this exercise the NTA intent, not only to train, but also continuously re-train those instructors and trainers, currently in the VET system. “This initiative is in line with this recommendation and the NTA remains committed to implementing similar initiatives in partnership with other local and international training institutions, in future”, Beukes highlighted.

The Lucas-Nuelle Academy has studied the Namibian National Qualifications Framework levels and descriptors to determine and develop a tailor-made programme based on the individual qualifications and levels of competence. All group members will also be attached to different industry employers, whilst in Germany.

The group consists of trainers from the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre, Rundu Vocational Training Centre, Valombola Vocational Training Centre, Windhoek Vocational Training Centre, Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) and the National Youth Service (NYS).

A VET trainer from Okakarara VTC, Mervis Muhuure, leads the team.

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The Eenhana Vocational Training Centre (EVTC) staged its annual graduation ceremony at the town on Friday, 20th November 2015.
EVTC Centre Manager, Hinandjovo Muashekele highlighted the institution’s remarkable progress in establishing itself as a provider of leading-edge training services, since opening its doors in May 2011. “With the support of the NTA and our industry stakeholders we have grown from strength to strength. Today, this institution is registered with the NTA and accredited by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA)”, Muashekele emphasised.
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Beukes, in his motivational address read by the NTA’s Manager: Public Relations, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement, Mornay Louw recognised the effort and dedication of the centre’s management and trainers.
“Your sacrifices have culminated in the development of skills amongst this group of trainees. No only have you skilled them, you have also assisted in their empowerment. Keep up the good work. Continue to empower our young people and our communities. Continue to remain a valued partner in our shared mandate to champion Vocational Education and Training in our country”, Beukes stressed.
Beukes also encouraged the trainees to enter the world of work with confidence, perseverance, commitment and diligence. “The NTA, our industry partners and our centres, including the EVTC, can only do so much to create training opportunities and establish environments conducive to quality training. But, it is up to all you now to make the best of the skills you have acquired – not only for your own benefit, but also for the benefit of your families, your communities, your region and our country at large”, he noted.
Altogether 26 trainees received Level 3 certificates in Office Administration, while six trainees received Level 3 certificates in Plumbing and Pipefitting. The Governor of the Ohangwena region, Honourable Usko Nghaamwa and the town’s Mayor, Her Worship, Julia Shikongo, attended the event.

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The NTA and Telecom Namibia entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Development and Implementation of Telecommunications Unit Standards, Qualifications and Curriculum Materials, on the 30th of October 2015.
The agreement binds the two parties in jointly facilitating processes under which to establish and implement appropriate national

vocational unit standards, qualifications and curriculum materials in the telecommunications sector.
Amongst others, the NTA is to provide technical guidance and expertise for all technical development work; train and orient industry experts, instructors and other resource persons on technical development concepts and procedures; perform quality control on all technical development procedures and products; and liaise with the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) on the approval and registration of standards and qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
The NTA is also to approve and commission curriculum and training materials; and train workplace facilitators, coaches, trainers, facilitators and managers on the organisation, management and implementation of quality-assured competency-based training and assessment, including Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Other expectations include the organisation and coordination of the training and certification of assessors and moderators and the development of assessment tools and materials.
On its part, Telecom Namibia is to support the development of qualifications and unit standards for the telecommunications industry for registration on the NQF, in a manner and in a form complying with the respective registration criteria established by the NQA. Telecom Namibia is also to assist the selected training institutions in implementing telecommunications training programmes. Such assistance is to include identifying, recruiting and training of instructors involved in the offering of telecommunications training programmes; and identifying workshop requirements, including but not limited to tools, equipment, materials and consumables to enable the offering of such programmes.
NTA Acting CEO, Jerry Beukes described the agreement as a step in the right direction to support the expansion of current training offerings in the telecommunications sector. “We are confident that through our cooperative efforts, and by contributing our specific expertise and experience, we can make this agreement work for the benefit of the broader telecommunications sector”, Beukes said.

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The NTA and Telecom Namibia entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Development and Implementation of Telecommunications Unit Standards, Qualifications and Curriculum Materials, on the 30th of October 2015. The agreement binds the two parties in jointly facilitating processes under which to establish and implement appropriate national vocational unit standards, qualifications and curriculum materials in the telecommunications sector. Amongst others, the NTA is to provide technical guidance and expertise for all technical
development work; train and orient industry experts, instructors and other resource persons on technical development concepts and procedures; perform quality control on all technical development procedures and products; and liaise with the Namibia

Qualifications Authority (NQA) on the approval and registration of standards and qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The NTA is also to approve and commission curriculum and training materials; and train workplace facilitators, coaches, trainers, facilitators and managers on the organisation, management and implementation of quality-assured competency-based training and assessment, including Recognition of Prior Learning(RPL). On its part, Telecom Namibia is to support the development of unit standards and qualifications for the telecommunications industry for registration on the NQF, in a manner and in a form complying with the respective registration criteria established by the NQA. Telecom Namibia is also to assist the selected training institutions in implementing telecommunications training programmes. NTA Acting CEO, Jerry Beukes, described the agreement as a step in the right direction to support the expansion of current training offerings in the telecommunications sector. “We are confident that through our cooperative efforts, and by contributing our specific expertise and experience, we can make this agreement work for the benefit of the broader telecommunications sector”, Beukes said.

Posted by: In: News 15 Oct 2015 Comments: 0

The NTA’s National Training Fund Department is making good progress in investing in the training of young Namibian men and women, under the Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Levy.
This was said by the General Manager: National Training Fund, Joseph Mukendwa at a sending off ceremony for a group of 63 young Namibians who left for South Africa in early September to benefit from further training on Levels 3 and 4 in the fields of Electrical General, Welding and Boilermaking.
The trainees have been enrolled at two South African-based training institutions, namely Industries Education & Training Institute in Cape Town and Adcorp Technical Training Campus, operating as Capital Outsourcing, in Johannesburg. “These young men and women are funded under the VET Levy’s Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window and are going to South Africa to obtain Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications in a wide range of occupational areas, all of which are related to the broader manufacturing sector. We are sending them to South Africa, because the qualifications they are to obtain are not offered locally”, Mukendwa explained.
He highlighted that the NTA invested in demand-led training as per industry needs identified by the NTA’s Industry Skills Committees and broader industry partners. “Our Industry Skills Committees – in this case the Manufacturing Industry Skills Committee – act as vehicles through which we source intelligence from industry on sector-specific training needs. We will continue to solicit their input and rigorous evaluations of our future training proposals to ensure that training is implemented as intended; the quality of training is high; and that industry employers are benefiting from the VET Levy scheme”, Mukendwa stressed.
Mukendwa also encouraged all VET Levy-paying employers to continue to support athe VET Levy programme as an investment in the country’s people.
“Employers should embrace an employer training culture under which any investment in training is deemed an investment in our country and its human resources, as its most important asset. The VET Levy’s raison d’etre is simple and straightforward: It is aimed at better refocusing our training system and resources on meeting national socio-economic development needs.” he emphasised.
On his part, Acting Chief Operations Officer, Richwell Lukonga highlighted other investments by the NTA under the Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window.
“Local training institutions accredited by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) have already started to deliver training programmes in Crane Operations, Hospitality and Tour Guiding for 108 unemployed young Namibians. Three local institutions have also been approved by the NTA Board to assess and certify about 500 candidates as having received prior learning through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) service, which credits individuals after demonstrating their competence in already gained knowledge and skills through a series of assessments specifically designed to assist them to display their competence” Lukonga stressed.
Lukonga also encouraged the trainee beneficiaries to be disciplined and to grab the opportunity to upskill themselves and obtain qualifications at higher levels with both hands. “Focus on your training throughout your stay in South Africa and do not allow yourselves to be distracted by unproductive activities” he noted.

Posted by: In: News 15 Oct 2015 Comments: 0

The Promotion of Vocational Education and Training (ProVET) Project has released a Needs Assessment Report for the Water & Sanitation Sector. The report highlights the importance of water and sanitation in Namibia as well as the importance of vocational and technical training within the sector. It also makes recommendations with regard to the development of unit standards and qualifications.
Speaking to The Stakeholder on the sidelines of a recent Water and Sanitation Sector Roundtable Meeting, held at NTA Village, ProVET Expert, Sebastian Wenz (photo), said a national consultation round conducted in 2014 revealed that stakeholders were not fully convinced that the needs of the industry in terms of dealing with current skills gaps, would be adequately covered by the unit standards and qualifications proposed at the time.
“ProVET, therefore, agreed to consult the industry further and supplement the existing information from the initial job profiling and unit standards development with new information from the Sector Skills Plan (SSP). We followed up with further visits to key industry players and collected additional research, which culminated in the Needs Assessment Report on Water and Sanitation”, Wenz explained.
The report identifies possible gaps between current levels of training and performance and the objectives and expectations regarding the delivery of services by water and sanitation supply personnel. Thus, it evaluates learning and training needs and, on this basis, attempts to propose solutions as to how the sector can leverage human resource potential and improve capacities within the water and sanitation trades.
“This Needs Assessment Report on Water and Sanitation should be seen as additional information and thus supplements current information and data contained in the NTA’s recently-approved Water and Sanitation Sector Skills Plan, especially in view of the development of unit standards and qualifications, which ProVET is currently busy with”, Wenz noted.
ProVET invites stakeholders interested in learning more about the report and the recommendations contained therein to contact Yvonne Doerfler, TVET Sector Specialist at telephone number, 061-207 8118, or e-mail, ydoerfler@nta.com.na

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A group of 13 successful participants in the Commercial Advancement Training Scheme (CATS) was rewarded for their hard work at the institution’s 9th Graduation Ceremony, held in the capital in September. All the candidates received a Certificate in Business Process Management with the top graduate, Fesse Amuyela, earning recognition and the First Prize for her average of 80% throughout the two-year programme. The programme has been running for 10 years and has altogether produced a total of 93 graduates.
The Rector of the University of Science and Technology, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, congratulated the graduates on their hard work and acknowledged that while the programme may be taxing, it is worthwhile.
On his part, the Chairman of the CATS Board of Directors, Patrick Kohlsteadt, added that the success of the two-year programme was due to the Dual Training System that not only gives students theoretical broad-based learning, but emphasises hands-on practical training in the workplace. All students participated in Work-Integrated Learning programmes that saw them placed in the industry for short stints.
A tracer study undertaken by CATS last year established that 90 % of graduates of this programme are in permanent employment, many of them with the companies that provided the training to them. This shows great promise to the industry, especially because the logistics and transport sector continues to experience a shortage of skilled employees.
The scheme is a unique business administration skills development programme that combines theoretical learning and practical experience in the workplace. Its vision is to proactively meet the education and training needs of industry, empower young people and contribute to Namibia becoming a competitive global player with a skilled and educated workforce. CATS is a creation of the Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK).

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06 October 2015

Employees in the bargaining unit at the NTA Head Office and the Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) under its supervision are to embark on industrial action on Wednesday, 07 October 2015, after salary negotiations with the two recognised labour unions, the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (NAPWU) and the Namibia National Teachers’ Union of Namibia (NANTU), deadlocked.

The NTA wishes to clarify its stance with regard to this matter:

1. Prior to the commencement of salary negotiations for the 2015/16 financial year, the NTA had conducted a market remuneration survey. Pursuant to this, revised pay scales were approved and the Total-Cost-To-Company (TCTC) remuneration packages of 117 out of 370 employees in the bargaining unit were adjusted to align to the market. The adjustments took effect on 01 April 2015.
2. Annual salary negotiations with the two unions started towards the end of March 2015, and four meetings took place up to mid-June, but no agreement could be reached.
3. The matter was escalated to the Office of the Labour Commissioner, where a formal dispute was registered on 15 June 2015. Subsequent conciliation did not result in any agreement. The NTA offered a 7.5% TCTC increase for employees in the bargaining unit, whereas the unions demanded a 10% TCTC increase plus a monthly Transport Allowance of N$660, which effectively translates into a 13.2% TCTC increase.
4. The Office of the Labour Commissioner issued a Certificate of Unresolved Dispute on 22 September 2015, which paved the way for industrial action.
5. When the parties reconvened with the Conciliator on 01 October 2015, the NTA re-confirmed its offer of a 7.5% TCTC increase, coupled with commitments to investigate the viability of introducing a separate grading system for all VTC trainers, as well as establishing a joint task team to conduct benchmarking and make recommendations based on best practice to the NTA Board, in terms of options pertaining to the TCTC remuneration model.
6. On 05 October 2015, the unions, in line with Section 74 (1) of the Labour Act of 2007, gave the NTA notice that they were to embark on industrial action as soon as the required 48 hours’ notice period expired.
7. The offer of 7.5% TCTC, by the NTA is 2.5% above the average inflation rate for the previous financial year that ended March 2015, and compares favourably with increases granted by employers in the broader education and training sector, and beyond.
8. The NTA would like to emphasise that funds collected through the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Levy cannot be applied in supporting its salary bill. As per Notice No. 5, published under the Vocational Education and Training Act, Act 1 of 2008 in Government Gazette No. 5395 of 27 January 2014, VET Levy funds are ring-fenced and can only be used as prescribed therein.
9. The NTA wishes to inform stakeholders about the following key arrangements which have been necessitated by the industrial action:
o Training at the VTCs is suspended as from Wednesday, 07 October 2015 and trainees are to return home for the duration of the industrial action;
o Similarly, no assessment services will be rendered by the NTA as from Wednesday, 07 October 2015 at assessment centres countrywide for the duration of the industrial action.
10. The NTA has put in place various contingency measures within the confines of the law, to ensure that other key services continue, albeit on a reduced level. The NTA wishes to apologise for any inconvenience in this regard and appeals to stakeholders affected by the industrial action to remain patient during this period.
11. Finally, the NTA wishes to reassure stakeholders that it has has done everything in its powers to avert industrial action and that it remains committed to ongoing efforts to resolve the impasse.

Jerry Beukes
Acting Chief Executive Officer

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06 October 2015

Employees in the bargaining unit at the NTA Head Office and the Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) under its supervision are to embark on industrial action on Wednesday, Read More