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The Namibia Training Authority signed a joint Recognition and Procedural Agreement with the Namibian Public Workers Union (NAPWU) and the Namibia National Teachers Union (NANTU) today. Read More

Posted by: In: News 14 May 2014 Comments: 0

South Korea has expressed its readiness to host and support the training of a select group of young Namibian VET trainees and prepare them for participation at the 2015 World Skills Competition, slated for Sao Paulo, Brasil.

This was revealed during consultations between the NTA and representatives from the South Korean government, which took place at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, earlier this month. The discussions were primarily aimed at the development of an implementation framework to ensure Namibia’s sustainable participation as a fully-fledged member at the bi-annual international showpiece and formed part of broader support being rendered to the NTA under UNESCO’s ‘Better Education for Africa’s Rise’ (BEAR) Project.

The South Korean experts are to assist the NTA in the selection of trainees in a select range of occupational areas to make up the Namibian national team. The Namibian contestants will be hosted at a special venue in South Korea where they will be allowed to train with members of the South Korean team and enjoy exposure to their rigorous and intensive preparations, which have secured unparalleled successes at the World Skills International competitions for that country.

The NTA delegation consisted of the Manager: VET Standards, Sens Shoolongo, the Manager: VET Programmes, Amon Haufiku and the Manager: PR, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement, Mornay Louw. Shoolongo welcomed the assistance and said it can go a long way in supporting the NTA in ensuring Namibia’s sustainable participation at World Skills International. “It is one thing to participate and merely make up the numbers. It is another to go and compete against the best and come home with a medal. That is our goal”, he stressed.

The Vice-President of South Korea’s Global Institute for Transferring Skills (GIFTS), Dr Yi Sunk Ki led the South Korean delegation. UNESCO’s Head for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Dr Borhene Chakroun facilitated the meeting.

Photo caption:
Sens Shoolongo, Mornay Louw and Amon Haufiku (front) with representatives from the South Korean delegation in front of the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Posted by: In: News 14 May 2014 Comments: 0

South Korea has expressed its readiness to host and support the training of a select group of young Namibian VET trainees and prepare them for participation at the 2015 World Skills Competition, slated for Sao Paulo, Brasil. Read More

Posted by: In: News 14 May 2014 Comments: 0

The Minister of Education, Honourable Dr David Namwandi (photo) officially launched the VET Levy at a gala dinner held in the capital on the 24th of April 2014.

Dr Namwandi describes the VET Levy as a key programme to support Namibia’s transformation into an industrialised and skills-based economy. “The levy is a step in the right direction and represents a quantum leap towards effectively addressing our national skills needs”, he stressed.

Dr Namwandi also called on the NTA to ensure that the VET Levy is administered in a sustainable and effective manner. “Gone are the days of simply talking about increased access to training. Our focus should now be on creating tangible training outcomes and generating more value from the increased resources we now have available for training”, he emphasised.

Speaking on behalf of the donor – the Millennium Challenge Corporation – the Deputy CEO: Operations of the Millennium Challenge Account- Namibia, Sikongo Haihambo commended the NTA for its commitment and drive to establish the VET Levy as a national programme aimed at alleviating the country’s skills needs. MCA-Namibia supported the Vocational Training Grant Fund under the VET Levy Pilot Project and also made available funds for the implementation of the VET Levy marketing campaign.

Altogether 1 713 employers registered as VET Levy paying employers during the registration campaign in February this year. Of this number, 21% are employers from the Wholesale and Retail sector, 18% from the Financial and Business Services sector and 17% from the Mining; Quarrying; Construction; Electricity; Gas; Water Supply and Sanitation sector.

A further 8% of registered employers are from the Hospitality and Tourism sector, whereas 7% of the employers registered as VET Levy-paying employers are from the Health and Social Services sector.
Based on the aforementioned registration numbers and the individual annual company payroll volumes, the NTA expects to collect for the first 12 months of levy payment a total amount of about 198-million Namibia dollars.

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Considerable progress is being made towards upgrading the physical infrastructure at two existing Vocational Training Centres and constructing a new centre in the Omaheke region.

Following a public procurement process for alterations and new additions to the Rundu Vocational Training Centre, the Jiangsu Zhengtai firm was awarded the tender with a contract value of N$ 35.9 million. The scope of the RVTC project involves alterations to existing buildings and the construction of new buildings, including a dining room, a new kitchen, a new welding workshop, external works including roadworks and stormwater and soil drainage reticulations

The NTA anticipates the project to be completed within 15 months. The construction site was officially handed over to the contractors in March this year and it is expected that work will be completed by June next year.

A similar expansion project has also started at the Eenhana Vocational Training Centre in Ohangwena. Phase one of this project involves alterations to existing buildings and the construction of a new administration building, a bulk storeroom, classrooms and external works, including water and sewer reticulations and electrical and mechanical installations. The contractor for the N$22,7 million project is ID Building Contractors. The 12-month project is expected to be completed by April 2015.

A third project is the construction of a new Vocational Training Centre at Gobabis. The NTA’s Manager: Capital Projects, Gad Kangueehi says the construction of a centre at Gobabis was in line with the NTA’s Expansion Plan. “We want to bring training opportunities to Namibians in all parts of the country. Very soon, the people of Omaheke will have a centre where they can receive training in vocational and technical areas”.

The NTA plans to stage groundbreaking ceremonies for each of the three projects soon.

Photo caption:

HANDING OVER THE RVTC CONSTRUCTION SITE:
Back fltr: L. April (RVTC Trainer); P. Christaine (Emcon – Electrical Engineer); S. Jarmann (R. Frankle & Partners – QS) ; E.Siedentopf (ESAD – Architect) ; M.Zimny (SCE- Structural Engineer) Front fltr: S.Chen and J. Fan (Jiangsu Zhengtai – Contractor). G.Kangueehi (NTA) ; E.Tjandja (RVTC Head), R. Haingura (RVTC Trainer – Plumbing & Pipefitting)

Posted by: In: News 29 Jan 2014 Comments: 3

The Namibia Training Authority staged a media briefing at its Headquarters in the capital today (Tuesday, 28th February 2014) to brief the media on the significant progress being made towards the implementation of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Levy.

Acting CEO, Ester Anna Nghipondoka highlighted the requirement for eligible employers to register as levy-paying employers before the deadline of 27th February 2014 and called on the media to partner the NTA in ensuring that this message is shared with employers across the country.

Nghipondoka emphasised that the Vocational Education and Training Levy was a step in the right direction for our country as it was aligned with expectations under the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 2030, which highlight the importance of skills and skills development in our quest for sustained economic growth.

“I therefore call on all eligible employers to embrace the Vocational Education and Training Levy with a sense of ownership towards establishing a reliable source of financing Technical and Vocational Education and Training in our country”, stressed Nghipondoka

The briefing follows the publication in the Government Gazette on the 27th of January 2014 of the final notice by the Minister of Education, to impose the Vocational Education and Training Levy on eligible employers.

Under this notice the Vocational Education and Training Levy is payable by every employer, with an annual payroll of N$ 1 000 000-00 (one-million) or more.

Nghipondoka was joined by the General Manager of the NTA’s National Training Fund Department, Joseph Mukendwa and the Manager of the Public Relations, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement Division, Mornay Louw, who attended to technical questions pertaining to implementation processes

At this juncture, I call upon you to partner us in disseminating this important message to eligible employers across our country. It is of utmost importance that they register for this very important national project.

In line with our strategic objective as per our current five-year Strategic Plan, the Namibia Training Authority has set up the necessary infrastructure and systems to support an efficient and convenient online registration process. Eligible employers can register through our official website – www.nta.com.na

However, where online registration may not be possible, registration forms can be collected from the Namibia Training Authority Head Office in Rand Street, Khomasdal, or can be downloaded from our website for completion and submission.

A Customer Care Centre and toll-free number have been set up to assist eligible employers and ensure a smooth registration process. We encourage employers to make contact through the toll-free number, 0800 2078 550, or e-mail, levy@nta.com.na

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The Namibia Training Authority staged a media briefing at its Headquarters in the capital today (Tuesday, 28th February 2014) to brief the media on the significant progress being made towards the implementation of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Levy. Read More

Posted by: In: News 29 Oct 2013 Comments: 3

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The NTA is proud to introduce our new senior management team to our stakeholders.

We are confident that their collective experience and expertise will lay the foundations for bold and ambitious improvements towards the establishment of a robust organisation and a relevant Vocational Education and Training regime, over the next five years.

Richwell Lukonga is our new General Manager; Operations. Richwell has been leading the NTA’s operational activities for the past two years. He joined the NTA in 2011 as Manager: Councils and Industry Engagement.

A teacher by profession, Richwell holds a B.Ed (Hons)-degree from the University of Johannesburg and a M. Sc –degree in Educational Science and Technology from the University of Twente, in The Netherlands. He also completed a Management Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2012.

Sven von Blottnitz has been appointed as our new General Manager: Finance and Administration. Sven joins the NTA from Shell Namibia/Vivo where he has served as Country Finance Manager.

He holds a B. Bus. Sc. (Business Finance) from the University of Cape Town and a B. Compt (Hons)-degree from the University of South Africa. Sven is registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Namibia; the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants; the Public Accountants and Auditors Board of Namibia; and
the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Southern Africa.

Our new General Manager: Human Resources is Bernadette Sam. She joins from fellow regulator, NAMFISA, where she was employed as Manager: Human Resources.

She holds a BA-Psychology (Hons) degree from the University of the Western Cape, which she has supplemented with a B.Ed-degree and a BA- Industrial and Organisational Psychology (Hons) degree from the University of South Africa. She boasts a wealth of experience in the areas of Organisational Development, Employee Benefits, Training and Performance Management.

Joseph Mukendwa has been appointed as General Manager: National Training Fund. Joseph joined the NTA in 2006 when it was still a Project Management Unit under the Ministry of Education.

He has served as the NTA’s Manager: Corporate Services between 2006 and 2010 and as Manager: National Training Fund from 2010 until 2012. Joseph holds a B-Accounting degree from the University of Namibia and has also completed a Management Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2012.

Tomas Nekongo is the NTA’s new Company Secretary. Tomas is a lawyer by profession and holds B Juris and B Laws (LL.B) degrees from the University of Namibia. As an admitted legal practitioner of the High Court of Namibia, Tomas has amassed experience in the fields of inter alia, Criminal and Civil Litigation; Contracts and Labour Disputes.

He advises the Board of legal, governance, accounting, risk and tax implications of proposed policies. Tomas joins the NTA from local law firm, Sisa Namandje & Co.

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The NTA is proud to introduce to our new senior management team to our stakeholders. Read More

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The Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi has rubbished public perceptions that Vocational Education and Training is regarded by the government as being of secondary importance in the national education programme.
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