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The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Labour Resources and Research Institute (LaRRI).
Amongst others, the agreement provides a framework within which the two parties can develop and undertake collaborative research and education programmes, and through which trade union members with trade skills and experience in various fields can enroll for certification through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme. Read more…

The 2018 National Skills Competition was launched in the capital, today.

f.l.t.r. – WorldSkills Namibia Manager, Sens Shoolongo, COO, Richwell Lukonga and CEO, Jerry Beukes

f.l.t.r. – WorldSkills Namibia Manager, Sens Shoolongo, COO, Richwell Lukonga and CEO, Jerry Beukes

The competition allows technical institutions and individuals to test their skills proficiency against that of their peers, and serves as a platform from which to select Namibia’s competitors to represent the country at the next WorldSkills International (WSI) competition, which will be held in the Russian city of Kazan, in 2019.

It is also to include an exposition, in which credible and accredited local and international Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and businesses are going to exhibit their products and skills and share information about their course offerings; and a conference, which is in support of a key engagement objective to bring together on a single platform, local and international industry representatives, TVET institutions and other critical stakeholders to share TVET experiences and debate pertinent skills and economic development issues affecting the sector.

Officiating at the launch, NTA CEO, Mr. Jerry Beukes highlighted that the staging of the event remained dependent on whether the NTA would be able to access the necessary financial resources, as organising an event of this size and magnitude required substantial investment.

“However, we remain confident that we should be able make the event a reality for all Namibians. It goes without saying that it would be less challenging to do so, if we can secure the backing and support of our corporate partners, whom we are asking to meet us halfway in this regard. Their investment will not only be an investment in a very important national initiative, but an investment in our country’s most important asset – its youth, as the leaders of tomorrow”, Beukes stressed.

To qualify for the NSC2018, entrants must first compete in selection competitions that will be held from 27 to 28 April 2018, at selected training institutions countrywide. To give an equal opportunity to all skilled TVET enthusiasts, the selection competitions, and subsequently the NSC2018 will have no age restrictions. However, only competitors that would be 22 years or younger at the first date of the next WorldSkills Competition, which is 22 August 2019, will qualify for selection to the Namibian team to compete in Russia.

From ten occupational skill areas during the inaugural event in 2016, the 2018 National Skills Competition will feature twelve occupational skill areas, namely: Automotive Technology; Bricklaying; Carpentry ; Cooking; Electrical Installations; Joinery; Hairdressing; Refrigeration and Airconditioning; Plumbing and Heating; Restaurant Services; Wall and Floor Tiling; and Welding.

Application forms and information can be obtained from the WorldSkills Namibia Secretariat, or any of the countrywide selection competition venues. Application forms can also be accessed through the following websites: www.worldskillsnamibia.na ; and www.nta.com.na

Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi at the inauguration of the NTA Board
It is common knowledge that economies are transformed by small and medium enterprises and skills is a critical driver. Unfortunately, vocational education and training is seen as a last resort, due to the negative perception that VET is for those who could not perform. For use to change this view we have to embark on a number activities to transform and change this negative perception.
First let me express my appreciation to the outgoing Board of Directors for putting the transformation TVET on the right path. To the incoming Board I wish to thank you for accepting our invitation to serve on this Board.
The transformation the following interventions are required:

1. We need to develop a governance model for the TVET Sector, which includes ownerships of vocational education and training centre;

2. As stipulated in HPP, we need to expand access to VET programmes – this might ensuring presence of VTCs in all fourteen regions of our country.

3. We need to ensure that trainers and management is upskilled. For this we will require a local VET training be introduced
4. At this point in time we have three different curricula models and this should be harmonized into a national curriculum for TVET;
5. Enhancing collaboration with industry, including ensuring work- based learning for trainees.
6. Entrepreneurship development programmes must be introduced at VTCs.
These are some of the critical interventions required in our efforts to transform our VET landscape.
The critical challenges include limited resources, amendment of the VET Act, lack of job attachment opportunities, etc.

It is therefore my wish that the incoming will critically look at the transformation process, in close cooperation with the Ministry, to ensure that current TVET challenges are addressed.

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Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi inaugurated the new NTA Board recently.Read more

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A group of twenty candidates, who included five hearing-impaired trainees, successfully completed a six-month inclusive National Vocational Certificate in Clothing Production, Level 1, at the Katutura Youth Enterprise Centre (KAYEC), recently.

The NTA and the Promotion of Vocational Education and Training (ProVET) Project coordinated the training course. According to ProVET Expert, Dr. Bertha Mudamburi, the Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD) identified the hearing-impaired trainees.

“It is a first time for us to have a training course conducted in an inclusive manner. All the trainees interacted well throughout, despite having to communicate differently. The trainees were all very happy with the training course and how it was executed, and they are confident that they will now be able to start up their own businesses, or gain employment”, she noted.

Dr. Mudamburi further highlighted that Inclusive VET formed part of the NTA and ProVET’s support to the Harambee Prosperity Plan, under its Economic Advancement Pillar, which amongst others aims to create at least eight-thousand new jobs in the manufacturing sector and render economic empowerment support that can lead to a higher inclusion of disadvantaged groups into the formal economy.

“Inclusion education is based on the simple idea that every child and family is valued equally and deserves the same opportunities and experiences. As such, inclusive education is about children with disabilities – whether the disability is mild or severe, hidden or obvious – participating in everyday activities, just like they would if their disability were not present. It’s about building friendships and having opportunities, just like everyone else”, Dr. Mudamburi explained.

“For a long time, children with disabilities were educated in separate classes or in separate schools. People got used to the idea that special education meant separate education. But, we now know that when children are educated together, positive academic and social outcomes occur for all the children involved”, she added.

A sign language interpreter of the NNAD, Erika Uushona, supported the training process, throughout.

ProVET also donated five heavy-duty sewing machines to KAYEC.

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The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) has kicked off with a series of development workshops; aimed at upskilling prospective training institutions to be able to deal with registration application requirements such as policy and procedure development and business plan development.
Speaking to The Stakeholder, Manager: Quality Assurance, Ian Gicheru said the workshops are also aimed at increasing registration applications. “We have decided to act in a more pro-active manner so as to ensure that we attract more applications, and that once such applications reach our offices they comply with our quality standards. This, in turn, can reduce the registration turnover time”, he explained.
“We have found that many prospective institutions were somewhat put off by our registration process, and what it entails. And while our requirements, as per the Government-gazetted Regulations for the Registration of Training Providers may be deemed strict and demanding, they are aimed at ensuring quality”, he added
The first workshop took place at NTA Village from the 23rd to the 24th of March 2017 and was attended by representatives from nineteen private and non-governmental organisation sector institutions, of which some have already started with the application process.

“The participation was good and the contribution of the prospective training providers was inspiring. Overall, the initiative was very well received and has been a great success”, Gicheru noted. “More workshops with additional topics are in the planning phase and will be rolled out to other parts of the country”, he concluded.

The workshop was conducted in the form of knowledge transfer presentations and working group sessions, where representative from prospective training institutions had the opportunity to work together in groups to discuss and apply what they have learnt.

Doerte Schneider and Metumo Nakaleke from the Quality Assurance Training Provider Support Unit facilitate the workshops.

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A group of twenty candidates, who included five hearing-impaired trainees, successfully completed a six-month inclusive National Vocational Certificate in Clothing Production, Level 1, at the Katutura Youth Enterprise Centre (KAYEC), recently.

The NTA and the Promotion of Vocational Education and Training (ProVET) Project coordinated the training course. According to ProVET Expert, Dr. Bertha Mudamburi, the Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD) identified the hearing-impaired trainees.

“It is a first time for us to have a training course conducted in an inclusive manner. All the trainees interacted well throughout, despite having to communicate differently. The trainees were all very happy with the training course and how it was executed, and they are confident that they will now be able to start up their own businesses, or gain employment”, she noted.

Dr. Mudamburi further highlighted that Inclusive VET formed part of the NTA and ProVET’s support to the Harambee Prosperity Plan, under its Economic Advancement Pillar, which amongst others aims to create at least eight-thousand new jobs in the manufacturing sector and render economic empowerment support that can lead to a higher inclusion of disadvantaged groups into the formal economy.

“Inclusion education is based on the simple idea that every child and family is valued equally and deserves the same opportunities and experiences. As such, inclusive education is about children with disabilities – whether the disability is mild or severe, hidden or obvious – participating in everyday activities, just like they would if their disability were not present. It’s about building friendships and having opportunities, just like everyone else”, Dr. Mudamburi explained.

“For a long time, children with disabilities were educated in separate classes or in separate schools. People got used to the idea that special education meant separate education. But, we now know that when children are educated together, positive academic and social outcomes occur for all the children involved”, she added.

A sign language interpreter of the NNAD, Erika Uushona, supported the training process, throughout.

ProVET also donated five heavy-duty sewing machines to KAYEC.

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MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION, TRAINING AND INNOVATION 
Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi at the inauguration of the NTA Board
It is common knowledge that economies are transformed by small and medium enterprises and skills is a critical driver. Unfortunately, vocational education and training is seen as a last resort, due to the negative perception that VET is for those who could not perform. For use to change this view we have to embark on a number activities to transform and change this negative perception.
First let me express my appreciation to the outgoing Board of Directors for putting the transformation TVET on the right path. To the incoming Board I wish to thank you for accepting our invitation to serve on this Board.
The transformation the following interventions are required: 1. We need to develop a governance model for the TVET Sector, which includes ownerships of vocational education and training centre; 2. As stipulated in HPP, we need to expand access to VET programmes – this might ensuring presence of VTCs in all fourteen regions of our country.

3. We need to ensure that trainers and management is upskilled. For this we will require a local VET training be introduced
4. At this point in time we have three different curricula models and this should be harmonized into a national curriculum for TVET;
5. Enhancing collaboration with industry, including ensuring work- based learning for trainees.
6. Entrepreneurship development programmes must be introduced at VTCs.
These are some of the critical interventions required in our efforts to transform our VET landscape.
The critical challenges include limited resources, amendment of the VET Act, lack of job attachment opportunities, etc.

It is therefore my wish that the incoming will critically look at the transformation process, in close cooperation with the Ministry, to ensure that current TVET challenges are addressed.

PHOTO CAPTION: NTA NEWLY APPOINTED BOARD
The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi ( front row seated) to her left Deputy Minister Dr Becky Joze Ojo , Permanent Secretary Dr Alfred Van Kent , front row right and Deputy Permanent Secretary Dr Raimo Naanda ( Acting Chairperson of the NTA board) left,
Second row from left: Cornelius Beuke, Eva-Liza Nailenge, Michelle Van Wyk, Maryke Krohne,Barbara Van Der Westhuizen , Micheal Mutonga, Petrina Nghidengwa
Third row from the right: NTA CEO Jerry Beukes, Amon Ngavetene

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The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi, has emphasised Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as the most applicable form of education capable of meeting the vast and growing scale of global and local education and training needs.
Officially launching a Heavy Plant Operator training programme at the NamWater Human Resource Development Centre outside Okahandja on the 3rd of August 2017, the Minister said the establishment of a sustainable skills base therefore remained, and will remain, a huge challenge for Namibia, for the foreseeable future. “It is a challenge exacerbated by a lack of human capital development opportunities and the mismatch between the supply and the demand side in our labour market”, she said.
Dr. Kandjii-Murangi noted that meeting the skills challenges of the future not only required new ways of collaboration among all TVET stakeholders, but also increased and intensified collaboration at national, regional and trans-national levels.
NamWater, in partnership with the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Roads Contractor Company (RCC), partnered in the establishment of the three-year Namibia Qualifications Authority-accredited Heavy Plant Operator training course.
NTA CEO, Jerry Beukes said the partnership demonstrated how public institutions and development partners could pull together and create synergy in supporting the Government, in reaching its national development objectives.
“Indeed, this partnership has supported us all in our shared objective to alleviate the shortage of qualified Heavy Plant Operators in our country. And while admittedly, we still have a long way to go, the launch of this training programme today, is certainly a step in the right direction”, Beukes said.
GIZ Namibia provided the initial start-up funding equivalent to EUR 100,000 to ensure the training course started, while the NTA, through its VET Levy Key Priority Funding Window allocated N$14.8 million over a two-year period towards the total capital requirement of N$21.5 million to start the training course. The RCC will support Namwater by providing trainee job attachment opportunities and plant and equipment for training putposes. The NamWater HRDC registered its first intake for this programme in March this year.

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The Innovation Design Lab at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), along with the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre (WVTC) has been working on developing the first Namibian Solar Electrical Utility Vehicle (NSEUV), prototyped and designed in Namibia.

A solar taxi based on African needs, it is a lightweight vehicle that runs with a zero carbon footprint. It captures solar energy with solar voltaic cells and stores them in lithium-ion batteries. Director of the Innovation Design Lab, Profesor Pio Lumaga says the vehicle weighs about 200 kg, can take a load of 300 kg, and seat four people comfortably. “Its speed goes up to 50 km per hour and it can run for 100 km before it needs a charge”, he enthusiastically shares.

The NUST research team, among them 15 students, of which five are from the WVTC, was divided into five task teams for mechanical, solar panel and lithium-ion batteries, software and interfaces, electrical and electronics, and composites work. It took the teams six months to manufacture the prototype. “It wasn’t easy, but it was very exciting. The teams actually finished a month-and-a-half ahead of schedule”, Prof. Lumaga says.

Professor Lumaga noted that over the next 30 months, the teams will be building five more prototypes in an attempt to improve on the first NSEUV version. “The strategy is to make it lighter, more user-friendly, more efficient, and to end up with a sustainable solar taxi that operates with a zero carbon footprint”, he adds. Private companies, Solar Age Namibia and Spares Centre also support the project