The NTA’s Standards, Assessment and Certification Council (SACC) approved the registration of five VET institutions, at a meeting on the 26th of January 2016.
The institutions are Anistemi College and Training Centre (Usakos); Institute of Information Technology (Pty) Ltd. (Windhoek & Swakopmund); Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) (Otjiwarongo); Namwater Human Resource Development Centre (Okahandja); and Silver Spoon Hospitality Academy CC (Windhoek).
The institutions offer courses in the field of hospitality, information technology, business administration, manufacturing, mechanical and electrical. Having already gone through the accreditation process of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA), they meet the quality requirements required of an institution to attain official accreditation status.
At the same meeting, the SACC approved the re-registration of three institutions, namely Adonai College (Windhoek), African Hospitality & Tourism CC (Windhoek) and Wolwedans Foundation Trust (Windhoek).
Another institution, Africa Institutional Management Services (AIMS) (Arandis) also had its training scope expanded with the following qualifications:
National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism; (Accommodation Services & Food and Beverage Services) Level 2;
National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism (Front Office Operations) Level 3;
National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism (Food & Beverage Operations) Level 3; and
National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism (Core Commercial Cookery Skills) Level 3.
Manager: Quality Assurance, Ian Gicheru told The Stakeholder that both the NTA and NQA have the interest of quality training entrenched in their mandates. “The training market remains small and we need more training institutions. However, it is very important that institutions meet the registration requirements”, he said.
Gicheru also emphasised that registration is only valid for a number of years, whereafter institutions need to re-apply for re-registration. “It is therefore important that prospective trainees always establish whether an institution is still registered with the NTA, before they enroll, he said. He added that the NTA plans to soon embark on an intensive media campaign to sensitise stakeholders about the importance to enroll at credible training institutions.