The Namibia Training Authority and its Promotion of Vocational Education and Training (ProVET) project, in partnership with local training institutions and experts, have developed a range of vocational training unit standards and qualifications for the agricultural sector.
Six qualifications have now been registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as follows: National Certificate in Livestock Husbandry Level 2; National Certificate in Livestock Production Level 3; National Certificate in Horticulture and Crop Husbandry Level 2; National Certificate in Crop and Horticulture Production Level 3; National Certificate in Farm Machinery and Infrastructure Level 2; and National Certificate in Farm Machinery and Infrastructure Level 3.
ProVET Consultant, Yvonne Doerflerr, who played a leading role in the development of the unit standards and qualifications, told The Stakeholder that the registration of the unit standards and qualifications ushered in a new era for skills training in the local agricultural sector
Doerflerr also highlighted that local public and private training institutions have already indicated their interest to include agriculture training into their respective course offerings. These include amongst others the Tsumis Agricultural College, Rundu Vocational Training Centre, Zambezi Vocational Training Centre, Grootfontein Agricultural College, National Youth Service and the in-house training centre of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
“We are really delighted by the interest shown by local training institutions, who seem very eager to not only offer certificate courses to upskill farmers, farmworkers and agriculture trainers, but short courses as well”, Doerflerr said. “Indeed, some of these training institutions, most notably the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, have indicated that they wish to commence with first intakes from as early as September this year.”, she stressed.
Doerflerr also thanked all role-players for the invaluable contributions they have made to the development of the unit standards and qualifications.
“Developing new unit standards and qualifications that are industry-driven is not an easy assignment, and as team leaders, we had to consult far and wide to secure the input of members of the broader agricultural sector. Their active involvement have ensured our success and we hope that the broader sector will now embrace the provision of standardised skills training for farmers and farm workers”, she observed.