The NTA’s Standards, Assessment and Certification Council approved the applications for registration of three training institutions, at its meeting held on the 26th of July 2016. The institutions are Ngato Vocational Training Centre, Namibian Institute of Welding and NICHE Training Academy. Ngato VTC can now enroll trainees for the National Vocational Certificate in Business Services (Office Administration) Level 1, while the Namibian Institute of Welding is now registered to enrol trainees in the area of Coded Welding, which include plate carbon welding, pipe welding and stainless steel welding, from Level 1 to Level 3.
On its part, NICHE Training Academy received approval to enroll trainees for the National Vocational Certificate in Metal Fabrication, from Level 1 to Level 2. At the same meeting, the SACC also approved applications for the expansion of training scope of the following institutions:
• Namibian College of Open Learning (Rundu) – National Vocational
Certificate in Business Services (Office Administration) Level 1-3;
• Monitronic Success College – National Vocational Certificate in
Business Services (Office Administration) Level 1;
• Marco Mpollo Vocational Training Centre – National Vocational
Certificate in Business Services (Office Administration) Level 1 and
National Vocational Certificate in Bricklaying Level 1.
Speaking to The Stakeholder, Quality Assurance Manager, Ian Gicheru welcomed the approvals, noting that it demonstrated that the local VET market was responding to the need to free up more training opportunities for young Namibians. “We are delighted by the steady and solid growth. And I need to thank the training institutions concerned for their hard work and commitment in seeing to it that they meet the requirements, as set out in the Regulations for the Registration of Training Providers”, he said. Gicheru also encouraged institutions, not yet registered with the NTA, to do so without delay, noting that there were still institutions that mislead parents and prospective trainees into believing that they are indeed registered institutions, while they are not. “We invite all training institutions not registered with us to approach our offices and to access the necessary support and guidance towards preparing and submitting formal registration applications. It is the right thing to do”, he explained. He also called on prospective trainees to always establish whether a training institution was indeed registered with the NTA, before they pay any monies, including enrolment fees. “The list of registered institutions continues to grow making it difficult for us to share printed copies with stakeholders, including trainees. However, the NTA keeps an updated list of all registered
VET institutions and the scope of course offerings on our website. This list can be accessed through the link http://www.nta.com.na/?page_id=1022. Should people not be able to access the list via the website, they are welcome to visit our offices or call us at 061-2078557”, Gicheru highlighted. Gicheru expects more applications to be approved at the SACC’s next meeting, which is scheduled to take place on the 11th of October 2016.