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The NTA’s Standards Assessment and Certification Council (SACC) recently approved the registration and/or expansion of scope of seven local training institutions. Read More

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The Board of Directors, at its meeting held in June 2015, gave the go-ahead for the implementation of a five-year rolling Stakeholder Engagement Strategy, and a first Bi-Annual Stakeholder Engagement Plan.

According to the Manager: Public Relations, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement, Mornay Louw (photo), the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy is a focused attempt to align with expectations under the NTA’s rolling five-year Strategic Plan, as it elaborates on specific initiatives towards giving effect to the realisation of the organisation’s broad stakeholder engagement objectives.
“Whilst recognising the close interplay and link between our organisational interest and the broader societal interest, it leverages effective Stakeholder Engagement as a core and strategic consideration for the NTA in living up to its vision of becoming a true port of call for vocational skills, and in avoiding disappointment, recriminations and damaged relationships with the stakeholders we regard as essential to our business”, Louw explained.

The strategy recommends an approach under which, over the short to medium term, the NTA’s stakeholders are identified and defined, their expectations are listed, and then the gaps that exist in actual versus targeted performance levels in meeting these expectations, are addressed. It leverages a more balanced approach under which the expectations of all the important stakeholders are considered, and under which the degree to which these expectations are being met, are measured. It further includes specific recommendations and tactical applications under which key messages, frequencies and success measures are identified.

The Stakeholder Engagement Strategy is to be reviewed after every two years of implementation. The bi-annual reviews will be preceded by follow-up Stakeholder Perception and Satisfaction Surveys, which will apply the same sampling and research methodology as under a survey conducted in December 2014. “Changing perceptions of stakeholders will not happen overnight. Therefore, as a ‘living’ document, the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy is to be deemed an organisation-wide blueprint for the promotion of effective and efficient engagement practices for the medium to long term and should as such, through revisions, continue to remain a comprehensive enterprise aimed at securing fundamental change in prevalent societal perceptions about the NTA as an organisation, and the broader VET sector”, Louw emphasised.

According to Louw, this focus on balanced performance measures demonstrates the NTA’s appreciation that the application of data so derived in the formulation of implementation plans, would add significant value to tracking its stakeholder relations over time, and in focusing on performance improvement efforts. “The Strategy prioritises altogether twenty-five different stakeholder groups and recommends for inclusive and continuous dialogue between the organisation and its stakeholders to be delivered at a level appropriate to the specific stakeholder group. It clearly outlines which stakeholder groups the organisation wants to engage with, what their expectations are of the organisation, and what the focus should be of such engagements”, he noted.

The Stakeholder Engagement Strategy also makes provision for the establishment of a Stakeholder Engagement Committee. As a monitoring and evaluation platform, the committee is to be chaired by the Chief Executive Officer. Under the committee’s Terms of Reference, monthly meetings are to be conducted to evaluate the impact of engagement activities and quarterly reports are to be submitted to the Board’s Strategic Committee.

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The Board of Directors, at its meeting held in June 2015, gave the go-ahead for the implementation of a five-year rolling Stakeholder Engagement Strategy, and a first Bi-Annual Stakeholder Engagement Plan. Read More

Posted by: In: News 13 May 2015 Comments: 0

The NTA expects to receive the newly-constructed Gobabis Vocational Training Centre (GVTC) from the contractors by the 30th of May 2015
The NTA’s Manager: Capital Projects, Gad Kangueehi describes the project as a fantastic milestone. “The project has been completed on schedule and within budget, whilst high quality workmanship has been maintained throughout. It is indeed, a milestone to be celebrated and appreciated”, he noted.
He also lauded the contractors and consultants for their commitment to the project. “Delays and postponements are common at construction projects, and whilst we had our fair share, the contractors remained dedicated throughout. We are very happy with the quality of their work”, he emphasised.
According to Kangueehi, the contractors have been inundated with queries from local leaders and parents who seemed anxious for the centre to open its doors. “From the onset, the encouraging support for the project from the local community, especially the Gobabis Town Council, further fused the project team to work harder and to finish the project on time”, he noted.
On his part, Acting CEO, Jerry Beukes expressed his satisfaction with the project and the potential it now generates to expand the offering of Vocational Education and Training (VET) services to the inhabitants of the greater Omaheke region. “It is a strategic consideration for the NTA, under its VET Expansion Plan, to grow the number and scope of training opportunities for young Namibians. We now look forward to also expanding the VET footprint to eastern Namibia”, he explained.
The GVTC has workshops for Airconditioning and Refrigeration, Office Administration and Electrical General and should be able to accommodate about 60 trainees.
The NTA is now to proceed with equipping the workshops and lecture rooms.
A date for an official opening ceremony, to be followed by an announcement on when the GVTC is to open its doors to the public, is to be made in due course.

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The NTA expects to receive the newly-constructed Gobabis Vocational Training Centre (GVTC) from the contractors by the 30th of May 2015 Read More

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The NTA is making excellent progress in facilitating Namibia’s maiden appearance at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition, scheduled to take place in August in Brazil.
NTA Manager: VET Standards, Sens Shoolongo, who is also the Technical Delegate for WorldSkills Namibia, told The Stakeholder that Namibia was to send competitors for Bricklaying, Plumbing, Joinery and Electrical General, to participate in the bi-annual event.
Shoolongo also indicated that the Namibian competitors were soon to depart for South-Korea, where they will train with members of the South-Korean team, in each of these disciplines. “The opportunity for our competitors to prepare for six weeks with their South-Korean counterparts, forms part of the UNESCO Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) Project, which has an overall objective the enhancement of the relevance of VET programmes to skills needs. Skills experts in each of the three trade areas are also to accompany the competitors”, he noted.
Shoolongo is confident that the Namibian team will come back with a medal. “We are not participating for the mere sake of it. Our objective is not only for our competitors to show their mettle against the best in the world and to make our country proud, but that we return home with at least one medal”, he emphasised.
WorldSkills International (WSI) is an international skills competition for youth that is held in a different member country every two years. Competitors from 17 to 22 years old demonstrate their excellence in a number of different skilled trades and technology contest areas. Its mission is to promote, through the cooperative actions of members, a worldwide awareness of the essential contribution that skills and high standards of competence make to the achievement of economic success and individual achievement.
Through competitions held every two years, WSI attempts to raise awareness about opportunities that exist in skilled professions to encourage youth to explore such opportunities. The full Namibian delegation to WorldSkills São Paulo will be introduced at a media conference, which is to take place upon the competitors’ return from their preparations in South-Korea.
The 43rd WorldSkills Competition will take place at Anhembi Parque, São Paulo, Brazil, from 11 to 16 August 2015.

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The NTA is making excellent progress in facilitating Namibia’s maiden appearance at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition, scheduled to take place in August in Brazil Read More

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26 April 2015
The NTA joined the Promotion of Vocational Education and Training Project (ProVET), in handing over Level 5 certificates in “Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices”, to altogether 41 trainers, at a ceremony held at NTA Village Hall, on the 25th of April 2015.
The South African training institution, Very Cool Ideas facilitated the fully-sponsored ‘Training of Trainers’ programme, which included intensive contact sessions under which participants received training in Competency-Based Education and Training teaching, facilitation, assessment and moderation.
Officiating at the event, NTA Acting Chief Operations Officer, Richwell Lukonga congratulated the graduates on their achievement. “You had to carry out work and assignments on top of the heavy demands of your full-time jobs. You are now able to offer your skills and knowledge without fear to local training institutions and young Namibians aspiring to become skilled vocational and technical practitioners. You have indeed done us proud”, he noted.
Lukonga also commended the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), for its sustained support to efforts to upgrade the qualifications of Namibian VET trainers. “We convey our profound indebtedness to the GIZ team for their sustained commitment to this noble undertaking. Their support makes it possible for the NTA to secure the required funding and technical expertise to support and sustain the ProVET project and to ensure that we give full effect to the terms of our cooperation” Lukonga emphasised.
In her remarks, Annegret Al-Janabi, Counsellor for Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, highlighted the importance of qualified and competent trainers in any VET system. Al-Janabi also emphasised the German government’s ongoing commitment to further support and fund the ongoing development of the Namibian VET system, through GIZ and the ProVET project.
On her part, the Managing Director of VeryCoolIdeas, a SouthAfrican-based training institution that facilitated the course, Kim Dry-Courtois, encouraged the graduates to confidently apply their skills in their respective places of work.
The course covered the key areas of planning, delivery, assessment and moderation.
It is accredited in South Africa by the South African Qualifications Authority, and is as such recognised by the Namibia Qualifications Authority.
Moreover, it is competency-based and those who successfully completed it will now be able to deliver competency-based training.

Posted by: In: News 16 Mar 2015 Comments: 0

16 March 2015

The NTA and Spain’s Institute of Innovation & Applied Research for Vocational Education & Training (TKNIKA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the capital today.

TKNIKA is a reknowned European institute of innovation created by Spain’s Basque Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, under the direct auspices of that country’s Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Lifelong Learning.

In essence, this agreement binds the two parties in the establishment and implementation of exchange programmes for the training of Namibian Vocational Education and Training (VET) trainers and trainees at various institutions in Spain, and in particular the Basque Country. Such training programmes are to include aspects of both pedagogical and technical upskilling training, with a special emphasis on renewable energy. Other areas of cooperation provided for under the agreement we are to enter into today, include the following:

a) Leadership and management training for managers, principals and leaders of Vocational Education and Training institutions in Namibia;
b)Technical support and training in the fields of Aquaponics by way of partnerships between TKNIKA and Vocational Education and Training institutions in Namibia;
c)Technical support in the establishment of a network for Vocational Education and Training institutions; and
d)Exchange programmes for trainers, trainees and experts of Vocational Education and Training institutions in Namibia and Spain, particularly, the Basque Country.

Acting CEO, Jerry Beukes said the agreement is aligned with Namibia’s high priority training priorities as identified in the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and the training priorities identified by the NTA’s own Industry Skills Committees.

Namibian trainers and trainees are to be hosted at the Vocational Education and Training International Basque Campus (VETIBAC), which is in charge of the coordination of 46 Vocational Education and Training Providers from the Basque Country and offers institutions, governments and training institutions from different countries an opportunity to train teachers, students, school executives and business employees. VETIBAC offers opportunities for training in different areas of vocational training, using state-of-the-art equipment, trained professionals and advanced methodological approaches. Training courses are offered in the Spanish, English and French languages, in some specific areas.

On his part Dr Iñaki Mujika – Executive Director of Tknika highlighted the importance for both parties to give effect to the agreement and to ensure that it contributes to the further strengthening and development of the VET sector in both countries.

Tknika is a reknowned European institute of innovation created by Spain’s Basque Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, under the direct auspices of that country’s Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Lifelong Learning.

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The NTA and Spain’s Institute of Innovation & Applied Research for Vocational Education & Training (TKNIKA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the capital today. Read More