The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi, has emphasised Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as the most applicable form of education capable of meeting the vast and growing scale of global and local education and training needs.
Officially launching a Heavy Plant Operator training programme at the NamWater Human Resource Development Centre outside Okahandja on the 3rd of August 2017, the Minister said the establishment of a sustainable skills base therefore remained, and will remain, a huge challenge for Namibia, for the foreseeable future. “It is a challenge exacerbated by a lack of human capital development opportunities and the mismatch between the supply and the demand side in our labour market”, she said.
Dr. Kandjii-Murangi noted that meeting the skills challenges of the future not only required new ways of collaboration among all TVET stakeholders, but also increased and intensified collaboration at national, regional and trans-national levels.
NamWater, in partnership with the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Roads Contractor Company (RCC), partnered in the establishment of the three-year Namibia Qualifications Authority-accredited Heavy Plant Operator training course.
NTA CEO, Jerry Beukes said the partnership demonstrated how public institutions and development partners could pull together and create synergy in supporting the Government, in reaching its national development objectives.
“Indeed, this partnership has supported us all in our shared objective to alleviate the shortage of qualified Heavy Plant Operators in our country. And while admittedly, we still have a long way to go, the launch of this training programme today, is certainly a step in the right direction”, Beukes said.
GIZ Namibia provided the initial start-up funding equivalent to EUR 100,000 to ensure the training course started, while the NTA, through its VET Levy Key Priority Funding Window allocated N$14.8 million over a two-year period towards the total capital requirement of N$21.5 million to start the training course. The RCC will support Namwater by providing trainee job attachment opportunities and plant and equipment for training putposes. The NamWater HRDC registered its first intake for this programme in March this year.