The NTA and Telecom Namibia entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Development and Implementation of Telecommunications Unit Standards, Qualifications and Curriculum Materials, on the 30th of October 2015.
The agreement binds the two parties in jointly facilitating processes under which to establish and implement appropriate national
vocational unit standards, qualifications and curriculum materials in the telecommunications sector.
Amongst others, the NTA is to provide technical guidance and expertise for all technical development work; train and orient industry experts, instructors and other resource persons on technical development concepts and procedures; perform quality control on all technical development procedures and products; and liaise with the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) on the approval and registration of standards and qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
The NTA is also to approve and commission curriculum and training materials; and train workplace facilitators, coaches, trainers, facilitators and managers on the organisation, management and implementation of quality-assured competency-based training and assessment, including Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Other expectations include the organisation and coordination of the training and certification of assessors and moderators and the development of assessment tools and materials.
On its part, Telecom Namibia is to support the development of qualifications and unit standards for the telecommunications industry for registration on the NQF, in a manner and in a form complying with the respective registration criteria established by the NQA. Telecom Namibia is also to assist the selected training institutions in implementing telecommunications training programmes. Such assistance is to include identifying, recruiting and training of instructors involved in the offering of telecommunications training programmes; and identifying workshop requirements, including but not limited to tools, equipment, materials and consumables to enable the offering of such programmes.
NTA Acting CEO, Jerry Beukes described the agreement as a step in the right direction to support the expansion of current training offerings in the telecommunications sector. “We are confident that through our cooperative efforts, and by contributing our specific expertise and experience, we can make this agreement work for the benefit of the broader telecommunications sector”, Beukes said.