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.