The NTA’s Standards Assessment and Certification Council (SACC) recently approved the registration and/or expansion of scope of seven local training institutions.
The newly registered institutions are African Leadership Institute; Eenhana Vocational Training Centre; Okakarara Vocational Training Centre; International Training College Lingua; and the DAPP Vocational Training School. Currently registered institutions whose applications for the expansion of training scopes were approved are the Institute of Open Learning for its Keetmanshoop, Walvis Bay, Ongwediva, Rundu and Katima Mulilo branches and Monitronic Success College for its Otjiwarongo, Ondangwa and Walvis Bay branches.
The NTA’s Quality Assurance Manager, Ian Gicheru (photo) told The Stakeholder that he was delighted with the new additions to the list of registered training institutions and encouraged the respective centre leadership teams to do their utmost in ensuring that quality training standards are maintained in all their course offerings. “As training institutions, they need to appreciate that managing quality becomes fundamental to all training activities and programmes. As such, they should also appreciate that if quality is ensured in all their training activities, it should result in their trainees graduating from their institutions being valued and appreciated by the labour market as competent, skilled and fit-for-purpose”, he explained.
According to Gicheru, high quality training remains at the heart of the Regulations for the Registration of VET Providers. “In as much as the regulations empower the NTA to protect and safeguard Namibians against sometimes unscrupulous entities wanting to make a quick buck under the guise of so-called recognised courses, our national VET system sets clear expectations for registered training organisations to take responsibility for the quality of their programmes and services. We deem the enforcement of the regulations as an integral part of our continuous quality improvement drive under a shared vision in which all stakeholders will value our organisation as our country’s true port of call for vocational skills, because they will have full confidence in the quality of Vocational Education and Training outcomes delivered by registered Namibian training organisations”, he stressed.
He encourages all non-registered training institutions to visit the Quality Assurance Division and learn more about the registration regulations, key registration requirements and timeframes.