The Namibia Training Authority staged a media briefing at its Headquarters in the capital today (Tuesday, 28th February 2014) to brief the media on the significant progress being made towards the implementation of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Levy.
Acting CEO, Ester Anna Nghipondoka highlighted the requirement for eligible employers to register as levy-paying employers before the deadline of 27th February 2014 and called on the media to partner the NTA in ensuring that this message is shared with employers across the country.
Nghipondoka emphasised that the Vocational Education and Training Levy was a step in the right direction for our country as it was aligned with expectations under the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 2030, which highlight the importance of skills and skills development in our quest for sustained economic growth.
“I therefore call on all eligible employers to embrace the Vocational Education and Training Levy with a sense of ownership towards establishing a reliable source of financing Technical and Vocational Education and Training in our country”, stressed Nghipondoka
The briefing follows the publication in the Government Gazette on the 27th of January 2014 of the final notice by the Minister of Education, to impose the Vocational Education and Training Levy on eligible employers.
Under this notice the Vocational Education and Training Levy is payable by every employer, with an annual payroll of N$ 1 000 000-00 (one-million) or more.
Nghipondoka was joined by the General Manager of the NTA’s National Training Fund Department, Joseph Mukendwa and the Manager of the Public Relations, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement Division, Mornay Louw, who attended to technical questions pertaining to implementation processes
At this juncture, I call upon you to partner us in disseminating this important message to eligible employers across our country. It is of utmost importance that they register for this very important national project.
In line with our strategic objective as per our current five-year Strategic Plan, the Namibia Training Authority has set up the necessary infrastructure and systems to support an efficient and convenient online registration process. Eligible employers can register through our official website – www.nta.com.na
However, where online registration may not be possible, registration forms can be collected from the Namibia Training Authority Head Office in Rand Street, Khomasdal, or can be downloaded from our website for completion and submission.
A Customer Care Centre and toll-free number have been set up to assist eligible employers and ensure a smooth registration process. We encourage employers to make contact through the toll-free number, 0800 2078 550, or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org