The Council of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) has approved new National Vocational Certificate (NVC) qualifications in Carpentry and Process Plant Operators for registration on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The qualifications are as follows:
1. General Construction (Level 1) (Carpentry);
2. General Construction (Level 2) (Carpentry);
3. General Construction (Level 3) (Carpentry); and
4. General Construction (Level 4) (Carpentry).
Process Plant Operations
1. Metallurgy (Level 1) Foundation;
2. Metallurgy (Level 2) Operator Attendant;
3. Metallurgy (Level 3) Junior Operator;
4. Metallurgy (Level 3) Operator;
5. Metallurgy (Level 4) Hydro-Metallurgical Processing, Senior Operator;
6. Metallurgy (Level 4) Mineral Processing, Senior Operator; and
7. Metallurgy (Level 4) Pyro-Metallurgical Processing, Senior Operator.
Acting Manager: VET Standards, Ruusa Iitula-Hango, said that the development and registration of these qualifications were supported through the recently-concluded Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) Project of UNESCO. “The BEAR Project had qualifications development as one of its three main components. In consultation with our industry partners, we focused on the broader construction and mining sectors and developed the qualifications through collaboration with local experts in the two occupations. Colleagues from the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) assisted us in this regard”, she explained.
Iitula-Hango encouraged local training institutions to access and implement the new qualifications. “The new qualifications create an opportunity for registered training institutions to expand the scope of their training offerings and enroll trainees in these areas. We also hope that with the NTA’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) national assessment rounds that have kicked off in earnest, those who have been working in the fields of Carpentry and Process Plant Operators, but do not possess any qualifications will be able to go through the process and be certified accordingly”, she stressed.
In terms of other qualifications being developed by the VET Standards Division, Iitula-Hango said her team was focusing on a number of qualifications identified as priorities under the various Sector Skills Development Plans. “We are currently busy with development work in the priorities identified by the Industry Skills Committees and our industry stakeholders. These include qualifications for Beauty Therapy; Wholesale and Retail; Instrumentation; Electronics; Millwright; Fitter and Turner; Auto Mechatronics; Panelbeating and Spraypainting; and Agriculture. My team is working around the clock to ensure that qualifications in these areas are developed and submitted to the NQA for registration on the NQF”, she highlighted.