The town of Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi region was a hive of activity on Friday (11/10/2013) as trainees at the Zambezi Vocational Training Centre prepared themselves for the centre’s 2013 graduation ceremony.
In his keynote address, the Governor of the Zambezi region, Honourable Lawrence Sampofu underscored the importance of Vocational Education and Training in the economic development of the country.
Congratulating the trainees on their achievement, Honourable Sampofu emphasised that learning and knowledge does not cease at graduation and that trainees should constantly develop their capabilities and skills through in-service training and coping with the latest developments.
Acting NTA CEO, Ester Anna Nghipondoka, in her remarks delivered by Mornay Louw, Manager: Public Relations, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement, encouraged said the Namibia Training Authority, its industry partners and centres, including the Zambezi Vocational Training Centre, can only do so much to create training opportunities and establish environments conducive to quality training. “It is up to all you now to make the best of the skills you have acquired – not only for your own benefit, but also for the benefit of your families, your communities, your region and our country at large”, Nghipondoka remarked.
Nghipondoka also thanked the leadership, administration and staff of the Zambezi Vocational Training Centre, for their hard work, commitment and dedication. “Your sacrifices have culminated in the development of skills amongst this group of trainees. Continue to empower our young people, our communities and continue to remain a valued partner in our shared mandate to champion Vocational Education and Training in our country”, she noted.
ZVTC Manager, Richard Kambinda highlighted that the ceremony marked an important milestone for the country’s VET sector. “The NTA selected ZVTC as a pilot institution when it introduced the Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) system in 2006, to gradually replace the old modular training and assessment regime. I am proud to announce that ZVTC is now a full CBET training institution”.
Trainees received Level 1, 2 and 3 certificates in the following trade and occupation areas: Plumbing and Pipefitting; Joinery and Cabinetmaking; Office Administration; Bricklaying and Plastering; Hospitality and Tourism; Welding and Fabrication; Clothing Production and Information and Communication Technology.