The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) this week played host to the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) of South Africa at the NamPower Convention Centre in Windhoek, where they signed a memorandum of understanding.
NTA acting CEO, Anna Ester Nghipondoka, said of the agreement that it is aimed at ensuring the establishment of standards and quality with regards to the assimilation and dissemination of skills development arising from vocational education and training. Other objectives include articulation and credit transfer in terms of training programme development and delivery, assessment and quality assurance, she explained. Nghipondoka also reminded those gathered of the imminent introduction of a National Training Levy to be imposed as from 1 September.
The new levy, introduced in the Government Gazzette on 11 April, will see all Namibian companies with a payroll (excluding pension and retirement allowances) of more than N$350 000 annually, liable to pay 1,5%VET skill levy to NTA before the twentieth of each month.
NTA can impose penalties and interest on claims on companies that fail to pay. Employers may apply to the Minister of Education for exemption. Currently the ministry encourages employers to make presentations of concerns or objections before 11 May, to be submitted during working hours at the minister’s offices, Government Office Park on Luther Street in Windhoek. Occupational Mapping Report – Namibian Fishing and Maritime Industry
(Courtesy of the Informante)