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.