We Put Training To Work
Call Us +264 61 2078 550

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: 0

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.

Posted by: In: News 27 Feb 2017 Comments: 0

The Namibia Training Authority has embarked on a pilot programme for entrepreneurship training, coaching and mentorship for Level 3 trainees, who would like to start-up their businesses and those who already have businesses.
The programme, which is to be piloted over a period of twelve months, have already kicked off at the Valombola Vocational Training Centre and Eenhana Vocational Training Centre in September 2016. The two centres have each selected 30 trainees from different trades to participate in the programme.
Indongo Indongo, Manager Research and Planning, told The Stakeholder that the initiative supported the Government’s Harambee Prosperity Plan, which calls for a reputable and competitive VET system and a spirit of entrepreneurship and enterprise development. “The NTA’s Board of Directors through its 2016/17-2020/21 Strategic Plan prioritises the introduction and implementation of a focused and targeted approach to entrepreneurial development in the VET arena, through skills development programmes and attitudes”, he explained.
“The NTA is inspired by the initiative to upskill young Namibians to become job creators rather than job seekers. The training is to capacitate and empower VET trainees with business and entrepreneurial skills and to facilitate a process under which VET graduates are empowered to start their own sustainable enterprises”, he added.
Indongo further highlighted that the programme should not be confused with general business or economic studies, as its goal is to promote creativity, innovation and the self-employment of VET graduates. “Entrepreneurship means different things to different people. Successful entrepreneurship involves much more than having a great concept”, he noted.
Upon completion of the workshops, trainees will also be provided with additional tools and equipment for their businesses and to start their businesses.
Training workshops will also be held at the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre, Zambezi Vocational Training Centre (Katima Mulilo) and Rundu Vocational Training Centre.
Consultants from Business Financial Solution (BFS) and Development Consultants for Southern Africa (DECOSA) are conducting the workshops.

Posted by: In: News 27 Feb 2017 Comments: 0

The Namibia Training Authority has embarked on a pilot programme for entrepreneurship training, coaching and mentorship for Level 3 trainees, who would like to start-up their businesses and those who already have businesses. Read More