The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi has described the inauguration of the newly-constructed Gobabis Vocational Training Centre (GVTC), as a historic achievement for the country’s Vocational Education and Training sector.
She made the remarks at an inauguration ceremony on the 31st of March 2016, describing the centre as a relevant and responsive step to address the training and skills needs of the country.
“This brand new public Vocational Training Centre therefore must strive from the onset to be the best by marketing its course offerings well, recruiting qualified and experienced instructors, making sure it offers accredited programmes by reaching out to local industries, and forge strategic partnerships for properly structured and accessible trainee internships”, she stressed. “The Gobabis VTC must at all times aim to give eligible and deserving Namibian youth options at post-secondary level to develop and harness their talents for self-sustenance and nation building” she noted.
Hon. Dr. Kandjii-Murangi also highlighted that the Namibian Government has prioritised and will continue to invest in the expansion of physical infrastructure and the transformation of the technical and vocational education and training system.
“The development of technical and vocational skills is one of the most critical areas of the national development agenda to fight unemployment and poverty. But, to accelerate skills development, it is necessary to align all education and training offered at tertiary level with set standards to ensure the employability of our graduates”, the Minister said.
Hon. Dr. Kandjii-Murangi also reiterated that skills development not only allowed young people to have access to training in a preferred skills area, but that it also provided ample prospects for young people to play an active role in shaping a better society, in which they can meaningfully and gainfully participate.
The GVTC’s course offerings include Office Administration; Air-conditioning and Refrigeration; as well as Electrical General.
Construction started in March 2014 and the project was concluded in May 2015 at a cost of about 13.1-million Namibia dollars.