Members of the NTA’s various Industry Skills Committees (ISCs) attended an induction workshop in the capital on Friday, 10th June 2016.
Officially opening the workshop, NTA CEO, Jerry Beukes, commended the members for their proactive response to serve on the ISCs. “We felt it necessary to conduct this induction exercise to ensure that you add value to our mandate of establishing an efficient and effective training system by becoming competent and effective members of our ISCs, in the shortest possible time. We are confident that your expert contribution will better equip the NTA to address the training needs in your respective industries, and in our country, at large.” Beukes noted.
Beukes also highlighted the growing awareness that accelerated economic development depended on increasing the productive capacity of industries and that this in turn depended on developing a TVET system, which provided people with the skills needed by industry, and which provide citizens with access to employment.
“This closer alignment of training with the needs of the labour market is indeed a key objective of the Vocational Education and Training Act of 2008. As standing committees of the Board and comprised of senior people from industry, the ISCs helps us develop a training system driven by the needs of industry. This is done through a tripartite approach that involves a collaborative partnership between the NTA, training providers and industry”, Beukes explained.
The CEO also highlighted that as representatives of their respective industry sectors, the mandate of the ISCs was to ensure that the current and future training needs of their respective sectors are indeed recognised and incorporated into the NTA’s training plans and activities. “I cannot emphasise enough the importance of your ongoing input and involvement. The training priorities you will identify will inform the NTA’s programmes of action to develop the qualifications, unit standards and training programmes necessary to meet the skills needs in your industries. The industry intelligence you provide will be a driving force in developing the responsive and demand-driven VET system, so clearly envisioned in the VET Act of 2008”, Beukes highlighted.
The workshop included presentations by the NTA’s departmental and divisional heads, focusing on a wide range of topics about the organisation and its core functions, including the Application of the VET Levy; the VET Expansion Project; Registration of Training Institutions; Assessment and Assessment Services; VET Curriculum Implementation; the Development of VET Unit Standards and Qualifications; VET Advocacy and the 2016 National Skills Competition and Exposition.