The Namibia Training Authority has embarked on a pilot programme for entrepreneurship training, coaching and mentorship for Level 3 trainees, who would like to start-up their businesses and those who already have businesses.
The programme, which is to be piloted over a period of twelve months, have already kicked off at the Valombola Vocational Training Centre and Eenhana Vocational Training Centre in September 2016. The two centres have each selected 30 trainees from different trades to participate in the programme.
Indongo Indongo, Manager Research and Planning, told The Stakeholder that the initiative supported the Government’s Harambee Prosperity Plan, which calls for a reputable and competitive VET system and a spirit of entrepreneurship and enterprise development. “The NTA’s Board of Directors through its 2016/17-2020/21 Strategic Plan prioritises the introduction and implementation of a focused and targeted approach to entrepreneurial development in the VET arena, through skills development programmes and attitudes”, he explained.
“The NTA is inspired by the initiative to upskill young Namibians to become job creators rather than job seekers. The training is to capacitate and empower VET trainees with business and entrepreneurial skills and to facilitate a process under which VET graduates are empowered to start their own sustainable enterprises”, he added.
Indongo further highlighted that the programme should not be confused with general business or economic studies, as its goal is to promote creativity, innovation and the self-employment of VET graduates. “Entrepreneurship means different things to different people. Successful entrepreneurship involves much more than having a great concept”, he noted.
Upon completion of the workshops, trainees will also be provided with additional tools and equipment for their businesses and to start their businesses.
Training workshops will also be held at the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre, Zambezi Vocational Training Centre (Katima Mulilo) and Rundu Vocational Training Centre.
Consultants from Business Financial Solution (BFS) and Development Consultants for Southern Africa (DECOSA) are conducting the workshops.