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Posted by: In: News 22 Jan 2018 Comments: 0

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.

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

Posted by: In: News 23 Aug 2017 Comments: 0

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.

Posted by: In: News 23 Aug 2017 Comments: 0

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

Posted by: In: News 23 Aug 2017 Comments: 0

The Namibia Training Authority, under the auspices of its Financial and Business Services Industry Skills Committee; and the Mining and Quarrying, Construction, Electricity, Gas, Water Supply and Sanitation Industry Skills Committee, has embarked on a series of consultation and validation workshops aimed at the development of unit standards and qualifications in the domains of Real Estate Agent; Electronics; and Instrumentation and Control.
Speaking to The Stakeholder, Acting Manager: VET Standards, Ruusa Iitula-Hango said the workshops represented an important step in the development process as it serves as a platform from which to validate the coverage and structure of newly developed or reviewed unit standards and qualifications. “Industry and social partner stakeholder participation is of utmost importance. It helps us to ensure general endorsement and that the drafts we have developed indeed reflect industry relevance and currency. Input from our industry stakeholders also helps our Technical Working Groups (TWGs) in their work to refine the unit standards and qualifications, which will be send to the Standards, Assessment and Certification Council (SACC) to recommend registration on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)”, she explained. “The unit standards and qualifications are reviewed regularly, within five years of each registration. This is to ensure that they are ‘fit-for-purpose’ and that they continue to specify the requirements to be met for any candidate to be awarded the credits for that unit standard or qualification and thus receive formal recognition’, she added.
Iitula-Hango encourages industry stakeholders to attend the meetings. The draft unit standards and qualifications can be accessed through the ‘Downloads’ section from the NTA website: www.nta.com.na , or alternatively, can be collected from the Standards Development Officers at NTA Village, Rand Street, Khomasdal, Windhoek.

Posted by: In: News 05 Jul 2017 Comments: 0

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.

Posted by: In: News 05 Jul 2017 Comments: 0

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.

Posted by: In: News 05 Jul 2017 Comments: 0

The 2016/17 Annual VET Levy Employer Training Grant Submission Round has been described as a resounding success.
General Manager: National Training Fund, Joseph Mukendwa told The Stakeholder that claim applications from employers submitted before the deadline of 1 May 2017, increased compared to the previous financial year.
“We received about 360 applications during the previous round and as such, we set ourselves a target of increasing the applications received to about 400 for this financial year. By the deadline of 1 May 2017, we received altogether 490 applications”, Mukendwa explained.
“We are delighted by the increase. Not only does it demonstrate that more and more VET Levy-paying employers are investing in the training of their employees, but that they are embracing the VET Levy programme as a national initiative aimed at upskilling the Namibian labour force”, he said.
Mukendwa ascribes the increase in applications to intensified engagement and marketing efforts to raise awareness amongst employers about the need to complete and submit their applications before the annual deadline.
“VET Levy training advisors attended to altogether 207 individual meetings with employers across the country, during which they explained the claim process and criteria. Although it was a lot of hard work and sacrifice on the part of the team, we are now reaping the fruits of face-to-face interactions with these employers, who all did not participate in the previous submission round”, Mukendwa highlighted.
“An integrated marketing and public relations campaign ran during the month of April also contributed significantly to our success in increasing the claim applications we received”, he added.
Thanking all VET Levy-paying employers for their support and calling on them to continue their participation, Mukendwa encouraged them to be pro-active in the preparation of claim applications, and not to postpone until the expiry of the annual deadline. “I believe that if all companies follow this approach, we can grow the number of applications, even more. Too many companies wait until the deadline is upon them, before preparing claim submissions”, he noted.
“Unfortunately, the NTA does not accept late claim applications. And monies not claimed are channeled to the Key Priority Training Grant of the VET Levy”, he concluded.

Posted by: In: News 03 Apr 2017 Comments: 2

The NTA has dispatched two groups of VET trainers – selected from public and private training institutions countrywide – to Bremen in the Federal Repuplic of Germany, to undergo upskilling courses.

A first group of 15 Automotive Mechanic VET trainers left for Germany on Saturday, 18 February 2017, while a second group, consisting of 22 trainers in the Electrical and Plumbing fields left on Monday, 27 February 2017. They are to undergo a two-week training course that forms part of the implementation of the Training of Trainers (ToT) partnership between the NTA and the Esslingen State Academy Esslingen, established in 2016.

Manager: VET Curriculum Implementation, Ernst Eixab explained that the partnership made provision for five two-week training sessions, of which two will take place at the University of Bremen and three at the Valombola Vocational Training Centre. “This programme is tailor-made to suit the Namibian context by considering crucial issues such as our unit standards and the qualification level on the National Qualifications Framework. Upon completion, participants will be awarded diplomas by the Bremen Institute of Technology and Education. They will also act as mentors to their trainer peers at both public and private institutions and share their skills, knowledge and experience”, Eixab added.

Participants for the two groups were drawn from a number of public and private training institutions, namely Mapac Technical Training Institute (Ongwediva); Namibian Institute for Mining and Technology (Tsumeb & Arandis); Rundu VTC; Windhoek VTC; Okakarara VTC; Valombola VTC; Eenhana VTC; Nakayale VTC; Osona Military School; NamWater Human Resource Development Centre (Okahandja); Namibia Vocational School (Rundu & Okakarara); KAYEC (Katutura); Namibian Maritime Fisheries Institute Namibian College of Open Learning (Katima Mulilo); and National Youth Service- (Rietfontein).

The training is sponsored by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), through its Promotion of Vocational Education and Training (ProVET) Project. 

Posted by: In: News 03 Apr 2017 Comments: 0

A delegation of the Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs paid a courtesy visit to the NTA on Friday, 17th March 2017, as part of a project facilitated by the Office of the President. The delegates form part of a group of experts who are expected to produce a useful and actionable report that ‘brands’ Namibia internationally as a gateway to Southern Africa and positions the country as the primary logistics and administrative hub of the sub-region.

Group Leader, Felix Tan said as part of the assignment, the experts were looking into various sectors of the economy, including the education sector. “Narrowing down to primary and secondary education, tertiary and Vocational Education and Training (VET), we will be conducting a project to build on the leverage of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP). Since the VET sector forms an integral part of the HPP, we would like to learn about the NTA’s processes, strategies and achievements. This will greatly help us in our research and recommendations to the President”, he noted.

On his part, CEO, Jerry Beukes told the delegation that VET has been highlighted in the HPP as a key project with a high premium assigned to it, because of its potential to equip citizens with job and work-ready skills and deal with the global challenges of youth employability and unemployment.

Posted by: In: News 03 Apr 2017 Comments: 0

The Zambezi Vocational Training Centre inaugurated a brand new guesthouse training facility at its Katima Mulilo campus, on the 13th of March 2017.

Officiating at the event, CEO, Jerry Beukes appealed to businesses in the Zambezi region, especially those in the tourism and hospitality sectors, to become the NTA’s job attachment partners. “There is not enough job attachment opportunities available in the local training market,” he said, adding that job attachment opportunities make up an integral part of training, as trainees are required at specific intervals of their programmes to gain practical work experience at relevant industry employers.

“Such opportunities substantially increase the chances of graduates finding employment because for an employer, a candidate who has spent time working in a particular industry shows dedication and enthusiasm for a particular job. Most importantly, job attachments boost self-confidence, entrepreneurship and create positive attitudes,” he said.
Beukes noted that the support of the relevant industry stakeholders will prove that what they are doing at the vocational centres is producing productive members of society. “Indeed, the real test in our country’s Vocational Education and Training sector is the employability of our graduates. Therefore, our plea to employers is to become meaningful partners in our quest to deliver graduates of a high quality and high calibre, whose skills will allow them to add value to any employer, or to start their own businesses,” he added.

Meanwhile, ZVTC Centre Manager, Richard Kambinda welcomed the new facility saying that it enabled the institution to provide much-needed practical training for trainees. “As a training institution, we have an obligation to provide practical hands-on training to our trainees. This facility now positions us to do so in giving our Tourism and Hospitality trainees both the theoretical and practical knowledge right here at the institution”, he explained.

Zambezi Governor, Hon. Lawrence Sampofu, officiated at the event and called on inhabitants of Katima Mulilo and the broader Zambezi region to take full ownership of the facility.