The NTA’s National Training Fund Department is making good progress in investing in the training of young Namibian men and women, under the Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Levy.
This was said by the General Manager: National Training Fund, Joseph Mukendwa at a sending off ceremony for a group of 63 young Namibians who left for South Africa in early September to benefit from further training on Levels 3 and 4 in the fields of Electrical General, Welding and Boilermaking.
The trainees have been enrolled at two South African-based training institutions, namely Industries Education & Training Institute in Cape Town and Adcorp Technical Training Campus, operating as Capital Outsourcing, in Johannesburg. “These young men and women are funded under the VET Levy’s Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window and are going to South Africa to obtain Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications in a wide range of occupational areas, all of which are related to the broader manufacturing sector. We are sending them to South Africa, because the qualifications they are to obtain are not offered locally”, Mukendwa explained.
He highlighted that the NTA invested in demand-led training as per industry needs identified by the NTA’s Industry Skills Committees and broader industry partners. “Our Industry Skills Committees – in this case the Manufacturing Industry Skills Committee – act as vehicles through which we source intelligence from industry on sector-specific training needs. We will continue to solicit their input and rigorous evaluations of our future training proposals to ensure that training is implemented as intended; the quality of training is high; and that industry employers are benefiting from the VET Levy scheme”, Mukendwa stressed.
Mukendwa also encouraged all VET Levy-paying employers to continue to support athe VET Levy programme as an investment in the country’s people.
“Employers should embrace an employer training culture under which any investment in training is deemed an investment in our country and its human resources, as its most important asset. The VET Levy’s raison d’etre is simple and straightforward: It is aimed at better refocusing our training system and resources on meeting national socio-economic development needs.” he emphasised.
On his part, Acting Chief Operations Officer, Richwell Lukonga highlighted other investments by the NTA under the Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window.
“Local training institutions accredited by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) have already started to deliver training programmes in Crane Operations, Hospitality and Tour Guiding for 108 unemployed young Namibians. Three local institutions have also been approved by the NTA Board to assess and certify about 500 candidates as having received prior learning through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) service, which credits individuals after demonstrating their competence in already gained knowledge and skills through a series of assessments specifically designed to assist them to display their competence” Lukonga stressed.
Lukonga also encouraged the trainee beneficiaries to be disciplined and to grab the opportunity to upskill themselves and obtain qualifications at higher levels with both hands. “Focus on your training throughout your stay in South Africa and do not allow yourselves to be distracted by unproductive activities” he noted.