The NTA expects to receive the newly-constructed Gobabis Vocational Training Centre (GVTC) from the contractors by the 30th of May 2015 Read More
The NTA expects to receive the newly-constructed Gobabis Vocational Training Centre (GVTC) from the contractors by the 30th of May 2015 Read More
The NTA is making excellent progress in facilitating Namibia’s maiden appearance at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition, scheduled to take place in August in Brazil.
NTA Manager: VET Standards, Sens Shoolongo, who is also the Technical Delegate for WorldSkills Namibia, told The Stakeholder that Namibia was to send competitors for Bricklaying, Plumbing, Joinery and Electrical General, to participate in the bi-annual event.
Shoolongo also indicated that the Namibian competitors were soon to depart for South-Korea, where they will train with members of the South-Korean team, in each of these disciplines. “The opportunity for our competitors to prepare for six weeks with their South-Korean counterparts, forms part of the UNESCO Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) Project, which has an overall objective the enhancement of the relevance of VET programmes to skills needs. Skills experts in each of the three trade areas are also to accompany the competitors”, he noted.
Shoolongo is confident that the Namibian team will come back with a medal. “We are not participating for the mere sake of it. Our objective is not only for our competitors to show their mettle against the best in the world and to make our country proud, but that we return home with at least one medal”, he emphasised.
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. Its mission is to promote, through the cooperative actions of members, a worldwide awareness of the essential contribution that skills and high standards of competence make to the achievement of economic success and individual achievement.
Through competitions held every two years, WSI attempts to raise awareness about opportunities that exist in skilled professions to encourage youth to explore such opportunities. The full Namibian delegation to WorldSkills São Paulo will be introduced at a media conference, which is to take place upon the competitors’ return from their preparations in South-Korea.
The 43rd WorldSkills Competition will take place at Anhembi Parque, São Paulo, Brazil, from 11 to 16 August 2015.
The NTA is making excellent progress in facilitating Namibia’s maiden appearance at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition, scheduled to take place in August in Brazil Read More
26 April 2015
The NTA joined the Promotion of Vocational Education and Training Project (ProVET), in handing over Level 5 certificates in “Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices”, to altogether 41 trainers, at a ceremony held at NTA Village Hall, on the 25th of April 2015.
The South African training institution, Very Cool Ideas facilitated the fully-sponsored ‘Training of Trainers’ programme, which included intensive contact sessions under which participants received training in Competency-Based Education and Training teaching, facilitation, assessment and moderation.
Officiating at the event, NTA Acting Chief Operations Officer, Richwell Lukonga congratulated the graduates on their achievement. “You had to carry out work and assignments on top of the heavy demands of your full-time jobs. You are now able to offer your skills and knowledge without fear to local training institutions and young Namibians aspiring to become skilled vocational and technical practitioners. You have indeed done us proud”, he noted.
Lukonga also commended the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), for its sustained support to efforts to upgrade the qualifications of Namibian VET trainers. “We convey our profound indebtedness to the GIZ team for their sustained commitment to this noble undertaking. Their support makes it possible for the NTA to secure the required funding and technical expertise to support and sustain the ProVET project and to ensure that we give full effect to the terms of our cooperation” Lukonga emphasised.
In her remarks, Annegret Al-Janabi, Counsellor for Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, highlighted the importance of qualified and competent trainers in any VET system. Al-Janabi also emphasised the German government’s ongoing commitment to further support and fund the ongoing development of the Namibian VET system, through GIZ and the ProVET project.
On her part, the Managing Director of VeryCoolIdeas, a SouthAfrican-based training institution that facilitated the course, Kim Dry-Courtois, encouraged the graduates to confidently apply their skills in their respective places of work.
The course covered the key areas of planning, delivery, assessment and moderation.
It is accredited in South Africa by the South African Qualifications Authority, and is as such recognised by the Namibia Qualifications Authority.
Moreover, it is competency-based and those who successfully completed it will now be able to deliver competency-based training.
16 March 2015
The NTA and Spain’s Institute of Innovation & Applied Research for Vocational Education & Training (TKNIKA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the capital today.
TKNIKA is a reknowned European institute of innovation created by Spain’s Basque Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, under the direct auspices of that country’s Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Lifelong Learning.
In essence, this agreement binds the two parties in the establishment and implementation of exchange programmes for the training of Namibian Vocational Education and Training (VET) trainers and trainees at various institutions in Spain, and in particular the Basque Country. Such training programmes are to include aspects of both pedagogical and technical upskilling training, with a special emphasis on renewable energy. Other areas of cooperation provided for under the agreement we are to enter into today, include the following:
a) Leadership and management training for managers, principals and leaders of Vocational Education and Training institutions in Namibia;
b)Technical support and training in the fields of Aquaponics by way of partnerships between TKNIKA and Vocational Education and Training institutions in Namibia;
c)Technical support in the establishment of a network for Vocational Education and Training institutions; and
d)Exchange programmes for trainers, trainees and experts of Vocational Education and Training institutions in Namibia and Spain, particularly, the Basque Country.
Acting CEO, Jerry Beukes said the agreement is aligned with Namibia’s high priority training priorities as identified in the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and the training priorities identified by the NTA’s own Industry Skills Committees.
Namibian trainers and trainees are to be hosted at the Vocational Education and Training International Basque Campus (VETIBAC), which is in charge of the coordination of 46 Vocational Education and Training Providers from the Basque Country and offers institutions, governments and training institutions from different countries an opportunity to train teachers, students, school executives and business employees. VETIBAC offers opportunities for training in different areas of vocational training, using state-of-the-art equipment, trained professionals and advanced methodological approaches. Training courses are offered in the Spanish, English and French languages, in some specific areas.
On his part Dr Iñaki Mujika – Executive Director of Tknika highlighted the importance for both parties to give effect to the agreement and to ensure that it contributes to the further strengthening and development of the VET sector in both countries.
Tknika is a reknowned European institute of innovation created by Spain’s Basque Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, under the direct auspices of that country’s Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Lifelong Learning.
The NTA and Spain’s Institute of Innovation & Applied Research for Vocational Education & Training (TKNIKA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the capital today. Read More
16 March 2015
The month of April promises to be a busy month for the NTA’s National Training Fund Department as it braces itself for about two-thousand-200 Employer Training Grant claims to be submitted by VET Levy registered employers, over this period.
However, National Training Fund General Manager, Joseph Mukendwa (photo) is confident that all the required systems and processes are in place to ensure a smooth submission, processing and disbursement process. Under the Employer Training Grant Funding Window, registered employers can claim back, on production of valid evidence, up to 50 percent of the levies they have paid for actual costs of training conducted.
Mukendwa said his department was to embark upon a nationwide sensitisation campaign later this month to share information on the claims process with registered employers. “Three teams are going to be dispatched to those locations where we have significant numbers of registered employers and we encourage our VET Levy-paying companies to attend these sessions”, he noted. “It is of utmost importance that they familiarise themselves with the requirements and the processes to be followed so as to ensure that their claims are processed efficiently”, he added.
Claims can be submitted for training programmes delivered in-company or externally and should reach the NTA within 31 days after the end of the financial year, which is from the 1st of April to the 1st of May, every year.
Employers who do not submit claims risk forfeiting grants, unless otherwise agreed by the NTA. All unclaimed grants are to be transferred to the Key Priority Grant Funding Window towards other training interventions, as approved by the NTA Board of Directors. Employers are to complete and submit claims online through the NTA’s corporate website, www.nta.com.na
01 March 2015
Exhibitors and visitors alike have described the 2015 Skills Expo that took place at the Ramatex Textile Factory premises from the 25th to the 27th of February, as a huge success.
The event had as an objective the establishment of an annual platform from which to promote technical and vocational careers. It brought together more than 30 exhibitors, mostly registered and accredited training institutions, some as far as South Africa and Botswana, who used the Skills Expo as a platform to introduce their course offerings to prospective trainees. All seven vocational training centres under the NTA’s supervision participated, whereas in excess of five-thousand learners, some from schools as far as Karibib and Gobabis, attended.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony, NTA Chief Operations Officer, Jerry Beukes emphasised the importance of informing Namibian learners about the wide array of technical and vocational career options. “If young people make decisions about their future careers in a well-informed way, linked to their interests, their capacities and their aspirations, our investment in education and training is likely to yield higher returns”, he stressed.
On his part, Khomas Education Director, Gerard Vries, who officiated at the opening ceremony in the stead of the Education Minister, Dr. David Namwandi, underscored the Government’s commitment in growing the numbers of young and qualified Vocational Education and Training practitioners, our country so desperately needs. “We are hampered in this regard by the fact that too many Namibian learners still seem not to give any consideration to technical and vocational career opportunities. This situation is exacerbated by societal perceptions that stigmatise such career options as ‘dirty’, ‘low-paying’ and ‘low-status’, that offer little, if any, opportunity for personal advancement and growth”, he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA), Dr Raymond Patel and his Chief Operations Officer, Wayne Adams, also visited the Skills Expo. Patel said he was not only impressed with the overall organisation of the event, but encouraged by the interest in technical and vocational careers demonstrated by Namibian schools. Patel, whose organisation runs a very intensive countrywide vocational career advocacy campaign in South Africa, also encouraged the NTA to tap into the merSETA network and invite reputable South African training institutions to participate in future events.
The KAYEC Trust won the award for the best exhibitor.
16 December 2014
Another three of the formerly state-owned Vocational Training Centres (VTCs), now under the NTA’s supervision, have been granted official accreditation status by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA).
They are Nakayale VTC (Outapi), Okakarara VTC and Eenhana VTC. The NTA’s General Manager: Operations, Richwell Lukonga (photo), describes it as a major achievement, saying it aligned well with expectations under the Vocational Education and Training Act of 2008, which tasks the NTA to support and lead the VTCs towards becoming autonomous training institutions.
“The NTA, through its VTC Transformation Division and its Quality Assurance Division, has put in a lot of hard work into supporting the VTCs and getting their training infrastructure and the quality of their course offerings to acceptable levels, as required by industry. It has not been easy, but we are now beginning to see the fruits of our labour. Our hard work is starting to pay off”, Lukonga stressed.
He now calls on industry partners to team up with the centres in the establishment of attachment partnerships. “Many employers have been reluctant in partnering the VTCs and taking in trainees for job attachment, before. They need not be concerned anymore. The fact that these centres are now fully accredited, should give them peace of mind”, Lukonga stressed.
Lukonga also thanked the respective VTC management teams for their hard work and dedication “The commitment and perseverance of our VTC managers and staff played a big role in this milestone achievement. Their hard work and dedication made all of this possible”, he lauded.
Two other VTCs – Rundu VTC and Zambezi VTC (Katima Mulilo) – were also accredited by the NQA, earlier this year.
18 December 2014
The Namibia Training Authority today entered into an agreement with Namibia Careers Expo (NCE) towards the staging and organization of the National Skills Expo, which is scheduled to take place at the Ramatex Textile Factory Complex in the capital, from the 25th to the 27th of February 2014.
The organisation of the National Skills Expo is a key deliverable under the NTA’s current Business Plan. It is also aligned with the organisation’s strategic goal to engage our stakeholders and to promote and market Vocational Education and Training as a viable career path amongst young Namibians.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Chief Operations Officer Jerry Beukes, said the event was aimed at bringing together under a single umbrella, credible public and private Vocational Education and Training providers, corporate entities and other industry stakeholders to partner us in the promotion of technical and vocational careers.
“We invitate schools and encourage them to allow their technically-inclined learners to attend, for them to enjoy access to information about technical and vocational career options. We encourage all Vocational Education and Training institutions currently registered with the NTA to participate and introduce their course offerings and training services to visitors. This includes all the Vocational Training Centres (VTCs), under the NTA’s supervision”, Beukes explained.
Beukes also invited those industry roleplayers and employers who rely heavily on technical and vocational skills to come on board and register as exhibitors. “I encourage you to join us and to focus on interactive onsite simulation activities and offer demonstrations to visitors on what you do, how you do it and why you do it”, he emphasised.
On his part, Chairperson of Namibia Careers Expo, Jason Kasuto highlighted his company’s wealth of experience in the organisation of events of this nature, having staged the biggest local career fair for the past six years. “It makes business sense for us to partner with the NTA and allow it to tap into our progressive knowledge, experience and networks in the organization of career promotion events”, Kasuto stated.
Namibia Careers Expo has reached in excess of 16 000 Grade 10 – 12 learners through its premier annual event since 2009.
The National Skills Expo forms part of the NTA’s ‘Live Your Passion’ media campaign, which has been broadly aimed at creating awareness about the various VET career options available in the local and regional market, and to encourage learners to consider such options, when making career decisions.
The NTA has implemented this media campaign over the past three years, during which period we have also been an active participant at several career fairs and promotion events, countrywide. To this end, we have established and maintained excellent partnerships with the various regional education directorates, under the Ministry of Education.
Interested parties can contact PR and Marketing Officer, Roberta da Costa at 061-2078521, or firstname.lastname@example.org . Our NCE partners can be reached at 061 245 711, or email@example.com The registration form can be downloaded from our website through the following link – http://www.nta.com.na/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2015-Skills-Expo-Exhibitors-Registration-Form-Pack.pdf