The NTA’s Board of Directors has approved the establishment of Advisory Committees for all the public Vocational Training Centres (VTCs), under its supervision.
Company Secretary, Tomas Nekongo, said the overarching objective and mandate of the Advisory Committees is to promote efficiency and a service-oriented approach to the management of VTCs. “The VTC Advisory Committees are to provide advice on the strategic direction of the VTC, monitoring the implementation of the Strategic and Business Plans, and reporting progress to the NTA CEO or his/ her delegate. The committees are also to contribute to the implementation of resolutions and instructions of the CEO, particularly on aspects related to the Strategic Plans of VTCs”, Nekongo explained. “Another key role is the development and submission of annual work plans to the Board as well as bi-annual reports on their activities”, he added.
In terms of their responsibilities, the committees will, in accordance with the VET Act of 2008, consider management proposals, provide advice to the management and make recommendations to the CEO on matters relating to the future direction of the VTCs. “Key responsibilities include monitoring the implementation of a VTC’s strategic projects such as physical and programmatic expansion, entrepreneurship programmes and capital projects; advising the VTC on matters related to, or affecting, the quality of training; and monitoring the implementation of the VTC’s annual Business Plan in line with the VTC’s Strategic Plan”, Nekongo explained. “The committees are also responsible for contributing to the development of policies and operational procedures of the VTC and to encourage community and industry participation by facilitating access for VTC trainees to internship and projects”, he concluded.
Committee members are appointed to hold office for a term of three years and are eligible for re-appointment. Although the NTA Board appoints the committees, they are to report to the CEO, who in turn reports to the Board. Members of the committees are to attend an induction workshop in the capital on the 9th and 10th of February 2017. The workshop is aimed at introducing them to the NTA, its operations and key strategic initiatives.