The Namibia Training Authority entered into Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with ten local training institutions at a ceremony held in the capital, on the 9th of August 2016.
The agreements fall into two broad categories, and are to be implemented under the Vocational
Education and Training Levy’s Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window. The first category
involves approved intervention areas for funding as part of demand-led training interventions with
seven local training institutions, totaling N$ 27,876,942.82.
Altogether 901 trainees stand to benefit from these interventions. The institutions are DAPP
Vocational Centre, Namibian College of Open Learning, Phillipi Trust Namibia, Wolwedans
Academy, Business School of Excellence, Triumphant College and Tulipohamba Training
Specific qualifications covered under these agreements include Bricklaying and Plastering (Level 3);
Office Administration (Level 3); Automotive Mechanics (Level 3); Plumbing and Pipefitting (Level
3); Welding and Metal Fabrication (Level 3); Counselling Services (Level 3); Hospitality and
Tourism (Level 2); Wholesale and Retail Distribution (Level 2); Wholesale and Retail Operations
(Level 2); Logistics (Level 5).
The agreements also cover training in other key areas, including Electrical and Electronic
Engineering; Telecommunication Engineering; Construction Engineering; Accounting and Finance;
Marketing; Counseling; Occupational Health and Safety; Healthcare Administration; and
Community Health Education. The second category involves approved intervention areas for
funding as part of support and capacity-building interventions with three local training institutions,
totaling N$ 8,694,210.00.
Institutions benefitting from these agreements include the DAPP Vocational Centre, where the
funding is to support the establishment of production units and innovative approaches to training
delivery and the Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF), where the funding is to
be applied towards equipment, minor repairs and renovations to three training centers. It is
anticipated that the support to COSDEF will enable it to meet the accreditation requirements of the Namibia Qualifications Authority for the three centres to be awarded accreditation for programmes up to Level 2.
It also includes support to the Namibian Federation of the Visually Impaired, which is to apply the funding towards ensuring the continuity of its rehabilitation training and service centre, which amongst others offers braille, community-based rehabilitation training, computer training, entrepreneurship development and peer counselling services. CEO, Jerry Beukes, highlighted that the VET Levy’s Key Priority Training Grant Funding Window provided for up to 35% of all monies collected through this programme, to be invested in the
development of skills and capacities in high-demand, in prioritized sectors of our economy. “The services of the beneficiary training institutions were solicited through an open and transparent procurement process, through which accredited training providers were invited, in October 2015, to submit proposals for training in
occupations identified in high demand as listed in the NTA’s National Skills Development Plan for the Vocational Education and Training Sector. These proposals were evaluated against strict
technical criteria aimed at ensuring that trainees benefit from high quality training services”, he explained.
Beukes said the signing of SLAs signified the solid progress in realising the VET Levy as a programme under which our country can sustainably enhance both the quality and quantity of technical and vocational skills provision. “The NTA continues to prioritise demand-led training interventions to the benefit of trainees and
training institution and industry partners, alike. It demonstrates the value we attach to the creation of high quality, equitable and accessible training opportunities for the Namibian people. It shows that while much more still needs to be done to grow more such opportunities and develop our national skills base, we are on the right track”, he noted. On his part, Chairperson of the National Training Fund Council, Patrick Swartz refuted recent media reports that the VET Levy was allegedly being administered from South Africa and commended the NTA for implementing and administering the VET Levy in a sustainable, viable, efficient and effective manner. “Yes, the VET Levy programme has brought about a more stable and sustainable funding regime under which to accelerate the provision of equitable, quality and accessible technical and vocational training services”, he highlighted.
Swartz also stressed the importance of VET in delivering the skills needed for a modernised economy and in countering the disturbingly high levels of youth unemployment. “We need to do more to support the development of local skills as a tool for individual empowerment and national economic development. Going forward, the NTA needs to intensify collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders under the VET Levy programme, especially its industry and training institution stakeholders”, he emphasised.