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

Namibia made a proud and memorable debut at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition, which took place in São Paulo, Brazil, from the 11th to the 16th of August 2015.

Although the four Namibian competitors, Rakel Amutenya (Bricklaying), Joseph Nakatumbe (Joinery), Fanuel Mathias (Electrical General) and Erkana Imene (Plumbing and Pipeheating) did not finish amongst the medal winners, they gave a good account of themselves and demonstrated that the skill level of Namibian Vocational Education and Training trainees is indeed on par with the rest of the world. Imene’s score of 453 out of 500 points bagged him the ‘Best of Nation’ Award as the best Namibian contestant. He is enrolled at the Rundu Vocational Training Centre. The United Kingdom’s Gary Doyle and Germany’s Nathanael Liebergeld won gold in this category.

On her part, Amutenya, finished with a score of 417 out of 500 points. Amutentya, a trainee at the NamWater Human Resources Development Centre attracted a lot of international media attention as one of only two female competitors in the Bricklaying category. Italy’s Florian Hochgruber landed the gold medal in this category.

Nakatumbe’s final score in the Joinery category was 445 out of 500. He is enrolled at the Namibia Institute for Mining and Technology (NIMT). Si Shueh Hyi from Chinese Tapei was the gold medal winner in this category.
Namibia’s competitor in the Electrical Installations category, Fanuel Mathias, amassed 449 out of 500 points. He is a trainee at the NamPower Training Centre. Brazil’s Junior Carlos won gold in this category. WorldSkills Namibia Technical Delegate, Sens Shoolongo also received a special recognition award for his excellent work as Jury President in the Electronics category.

NTA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Beukes, thanked the Namibian nation at large for their support to the team. “Our maiden participation in WorldSkills International has indeed been a proud and historical moment for the local technical and vocational training fraternity, and our country as a whole. Our team has done us proud. Not only did they showcase their technical and professional skills to a worldwide audience, but they’ve focused on honing the skills they need for the workplace”, he emphasised.

Host nation, Brazil’s impressive medal haul saw it crowned the overall winners. Namibia is not the only country that could not win a medal, as many established economic powerhouses, such as Russia and India also fell short. The United States of America could only land a single bronze medal.

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. The competitions raise awareness about technical and vocational professions to encourage youth to explore such training and career opportunities. Altogether 1189 competitors from 59 countries took part in the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil.

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The Okakarara Vocational Training Centre were crowned overall champions after scooping gold in both the Ladies Soccer and Ladies Volleyball codes at the 2015 VTC Games, which took place at the Romanus Kampungu School Stadium at Rundu in Kavango-East in mid-August.

Valombola VTC took second place while Zambezi VTC finished third overall. Hosts, Rundu VTC disappointed in front of their home crowd and only managed gold in the Netball code. Zambezi VTC won gold in the Men’s Volleyball code, Zambezi VTC, while Valombola VTC finished in second place. Windhoek VTC scooped up the bronze medals in the category. Valombola VTC were crowned champions in the Men’s Soccer code, with Eenhana VTC and Okakarara VTC finishing second and third, respectively. Eenhana VTC also took second place in the Ladies Soccer category, while hosts Rundu VTC came third.

Spectators turned out in good numbers to support their teams and were wowed by the performance of soccer player, Caroline Kaitjizemine from Okakarara VTC who scored eight goals over the course of the tournament. Local scouts also predicted a bright future for the Rundu local, Mangundu Kutesa who played his heart out and finished the tournament with four goals to his name. Teams competed on a round-robin basis in all codes, with the top two teams in each code contesting the finals. The games took place under the theme, ‘Sport Adds to Healthy Lifestyles’ and were aimed at encouraging all technical and vocational institutions to incorporate sports into education. Teams from the National Youth Service (NYS) joined the seven VTCs under the NTA’s supervision at this year’s event.

The Chairperson of the VTC Sports Union, Kosmas Petrus told The Stakeholder that the tournament was a huge success. “We appreciate the support of the NTA. With the continued support, sport at our VTCs can only grow from strength to strength”, he said. However, he encouraged the private sector to join in and to consider requests to sponsor the event favourably. “Our requests for sponsorships seem to have fallen on deaf ears up to this point, but we remain confident that we will soon be able to sign up a big sponsor who will be willing to invest in this annual event and to support the VTC Sport Union in steering sport at our centres to greater heights”, he added.

Petrus also thanked the hosts, Rundu VTC, under the leadership of Centre Manager, Erkki Tjandja for the excellent work in hosting the event. “The people from Rundu and Kavango-East received us well. We thank them for their support and hospitality”, Petrus noted.

The VTC Sport Union is to consider proposals from the various VTCs at its next meeting and will then take a decision as to who the hosts for next year’s competition would be. Windhoek VTC hosted the event last year, while Okakarara VTC played hosts in 2014.

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Three competitors, who have been entered to compete at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition, scheduled to take place in São Paulo, Brazil, in August, have left for South Korea to prepare for the bi-annual event. They are Rakel Kagwedha Ndinowike Amutenya (Bricklaying); Joseph Nghidipohamba Nakatumbe (Carpentry & Joinery); and Erkana Imene (Plumbing and Pipeheating).
Amutenya is the only female team member and is a trainee at the NamWater Human Resources Development Centre outside Okahandja. Nakatumbe is enrolled at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT), whereas Imene is a trainee at the Rundu Vocational Training Centre. Amutenya, Nakatumbe and Imene are to attend an intensive training preparation session with members of the South Korean team, while Mathias (Electrical Installations), who is a trainee at the NamPower Training Centre, has just returned from a similar training session with an experienced South African training institution, in that country.

In his sending-off message to the competitors, who are accompanied by skills experts in each of these disciplines, NTA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Beukes, called on Namibians from all walks of life to rally behind the team. “Our maiden participation in WorldSkills International is indeed a proud and historical moment, not only for the local technical and vocational training fraternity, but for our country as a whole. As such, these young Namibians deserve our full support”, he emphasised. Beukes also encouraged the competitors to serve as true ambassadors for their country. “Go to South Korea with a consciousness of teamwork and togetherness. Give your trainers your full support and cooperation. Be disciplined, responsible, passionate, committed and dedicated”, he emphasised. Beukes also acknowledged UNESCO, through its Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) Project, for financial and technical support being rendered towards the competitors’ preparations in South Korea and South Africa.

WorldSkills International (WSI) is an international skills competition, 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. It will be the first time for a Namibian team to participate at this prestigious event. 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’s Standards Assessment and Certification Council (SACC) recently approved the registration and/or expansion of scope of seven local training institutions.

The newly registered institutions are African Leadership Institute; Eenhana Vocational Training Centre; Okakarara Vocational Training Centre; International Training College Lingua; and the DAPP Vocational Training School. Currently registered institutions whose applications for the expansion of training scopes were approved are the Institute of Open Learning for its Keetmanshoop, Walvis Bay, Ongwediva, Rundu and Katima Mulilo branches and Monitronic Success College for its Otjiwarongo, Ondangwa and Walvis Bay branches.

The NTA’s Quality Assurance Manager, Ian Gicheru (photo) told The Stakeholder that he was delighted with the new additions to the list of registered training institutions and encouraged the respective centre leadership teams to do their utmost in ensuring that quality training standards are maintained in all their course offerings. “As training institutions, they need to appreciate that managing quality becomes fundamental to all training activities and programmes. As such, they should also appreciate that if quality is ensured in all their training activities, it should result in their trainees graduating from their institutions being valued and appreciated by the labour market as competent, skilled and fit-for-purpose”, he explained.

According to Gicheru, high quality training remains at the heart of the Regulations for the Registration of VET Providers. “In as much as the regulations empower the NTA to protect and safeguard Namibians against sometimes unscrupulous entities wanting to make a quick buck under the guise of so-called recognised courses, our national VET system sets clear expectations for registered training organisations to take responsibility for the quality of their programmes and services. We deem the enforcement of the regulations as an integral part of our continuous quality improvement drive under a shared vision in which all stakeholders will value our organisation as our country’s true port of call for vocational skills, because they will have full confidence in the quality of Vocational Education and Training outcomes delivered by registered Namibian training organisations”, he stressed.

He encourages all non-registered training institutions to visit the Quality Assurance Division and learn more about the registration regulations, key registration requirements and timeframes.

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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 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.