The Namibia Training Authority, under the auspices of its Financial and Business Services Industry Skills Committee; and the Mining and Quarrying, Construction, Electricity, Gas, Water Supply and Sanitation Industry Skills Committee, has embarked on a series of consultation and validation workshops aimed at the development of unit standards and qualifications in the domains of Real Estate Agent; Electronics; and Instrumentation and Control.
Speaking to The Stakeholder, Acting Manager: VET Standards, Ruusa Iitula-Hango said the workshops represented an important step in the development process as it serves as a platform from which to validate the coverage and structure of newly developed or reviewed unit standards and qualifications. “Industry and social partner stakeholder participation is of utmost importance. It helps us to ensure general endorsement and that the drafts we have developed indeed reflect industry relevance and currency. Input from our industry stakeholders also helps our Technical Working Groups (TWGs) in their work to refine the unit standards and qualifications, which will be send to the Standards, Assessment and Certification Council (SACC) to recommend registration on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)”, she explained. “The unit standards and qualifications are reviewed regularly, within five years of each registration. This is to ensure that they are ‘fit-for-purpose’ and that they continue to specify the requirements to be met for any candidate to be awarded the credits for that unit standard or qualification and thus receive formal recognition’, she added.
Iitula-Hango encourages industry stakeholders to attend the meetings. The draft unit standards and qualifications can be accessed through the ‘Downloads’ section from the NTA website: www.nta.com.na , or alternatively, can be collected from the Standards Development Officers at NTA Village, Rand Street, Khomasdal, Windhoek.