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Projects

Depending on the need and the urgency of specific objectives in terms of its overall mandate as per the Vocational Education and Training Act of 2008, the Namibia Training Authority from time to time establishes and manages specific short, medium and long term projects.

These projects are run in partnership with our donor partners.
Recognition of Prior Learning Pilot (RPL) Project
Many Namibians have acquired skills outside the formal education and training structures. Yet many of them have no documentation or other means to verify these skills in order to access career pathways. There is an urgent need to give opportunities to Namibians to have their knowledge and skills validated through formal certification. RPL can be the vehicle to identify, support, assess and certify these competent individuals who have the necessary skills but lack a formal qualification.

The NTA is currently running a pilot project to support RPL candidates to obtain NQF registered qualifications. By validating the competencies of participants gained at the workplace, the project is geared at:
1. Enhancing work opportunities and greater job security;
2. Opening the gateways to further education and training;
3. Making the skills and attributes of participants more visible to employers; and
4. Contributing to an improved standard of living of participants and their families.

In terms of overall objectives, the RPL Pilot Project is aimed at:
1. Gaining insights and experiences which will be useful when RPL is implemented nationally;
2. Developing methods and tools which will be required during the national implementation of the RPL process;
3. Finding appropriate methods to evaluate and recognize existing knowledge and skills acquired at the workplace; and
4. Training a pool of assessors and mentors for the target occupations

The pilot project runs from March 2012 to June 2014 and is expected to produce, amongst others:
1. A resource pack of methods and tools for RPL;
2. Information and outputs;
3. A cost recovery model, including assessment fees;
4. Guidelines for RPL candidates, mentors and assessors on gathering evidence for assessment, the flexible provision of RPL and quality assurance.

It is anticipated for the above outputs to be utilized for the national rollout of RPL that will commence after completion of the Pilot Project.

For further enquiries, contact the RPL Project Manager at:
tel: +264 61 2078 507,
Fax: +264 61 279 551
wjanuary@nta.com.na www.nta.com.na
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Promotion of Vocational Education and Training (ProVET) Project
The Promotion of Vocational Education and Training (ProVET) in Namibia is a project implemented by a consortium led by Integration GmbH. The project is a joint initiative between GIZ and the Namibia Training Authority, funded by the German Government. The current project, ProVET, is the first phase of an overall programme of nine years as agreed between the governments of Namibia and Germany. ProVET’s 30-month duration extends to February 2015.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), Ministry of Works and Transport, the Roads Contractor Company, Roads Authority, Roads Technical Training Unit, public and private training providers and Industry Skills Committees are playing a role in the project Team members are integrated into the work and structures of the NTA. It consists of four components:

1. Improvement of the quality of the VET system.
This is an overarching component to support the development and implementation of improved quality of NTA systems, work to build capacity in the NTA and public and private training providers, and conduct relevant research.

2. Improvement of training capacities in Natural Resources Management
Working with the Industry Skills Committee and the agriculture industry, the component will seek to develop and implement a master plan for VET in agriculture. It is envisaged that it will include completion of Unit Standards and Qualifications for agricultural employees, small and emerging farmers, farm supervisors and managers and public and private VET Trainers. Activities will continue towards accreditation and extend to support prospective training organisations and their trainers for actual delivery of accredited courses.

The team has already succeeded in developing a Sector Skills Plan for the Agriculture sector, which has been adopted by the Agriculture and Forestry Industry Skills Committee (ISC) as a working document.

Click on the link below to access the full document or go to our Downloads section.

SECTOR SKILLS PLAN FOR THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR (2013-2017)

3. Improvement of training capacities in Sustainable Economic Development.
The key output of this component will be to link small enterprises working in the areas of metal and auto-mechanics to training institutions in order to develop a sustainable system of skills training for their employees. It will provide industry exposure for current trainees. This approach will be piloted primarily in the Oshakati/ Ondangwa area.

4. Improvement of training capacities in Transport.
This component will work toward the establishment of an accredited training facility for improved skills in road construction and maintenance in an innovative public-private partnership.

For more information, or if you would like to discuss any issue with our team of advisors, please contact ProVET at:
Telephone: +264 (0) 61 207 8128
Fax: +264 (0) 61 207 8129
Email: info@nta.com.na

Promotion of Vocational Education and Training (ProVET) Brochure (.pdf)

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UNESCO BEAR Project
Background
Within the context of its Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) Strategy, UNESCO is advocating for increased support for TVET in member states and more particularly in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. As such, the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) decided to support five selected SADC countries (Botswana, DR Congo, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia) in the TVET sector through a new project: Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR).

Objectives
The overall objective of the BEAR Project is to contribute to Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) programmes which are relevant to the skills needs of businesses and individuals.

The specific objective, for which the project will be fully accountable, given a number of assumptions is to increase the numbers of appropriately trained VET personnel and gainfully engaged (employed or self-employed) in critical occupational areas for the construction sector.

Results
The project will have three results:

Result 1: Programme delivery in the MQCEGW&R sector (Mining & Quarrying, Construction, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply, and Rural Sanitation) is based on updated curricula and attractiveness for trainees that respond to the requirements of national and international standards;

Result 2: Capacity of VET trainers to deliver TVET programs in a competent manner is enhanced;

Result 3: Overall VET system capacity is improved through applying lessons learned from the demand-driven model to other sectoral development.

Activities
A set of activities will be carried out under each result.

Under Result 1 six activities are foreseen in order to reach the expected result:

i) Develop new standards, curricula, teaching and learning materials;
ii) Develop Industry Skills Committee (ISC) technical capacity to contribute to programme design and implementation;
iii) Produce and distribute training packages;
iv) Implement the new qualifications for the sector;
v) Prepare and organise a nationwide Skills Development Olympics in construction sector;
vi) Procure needed CBET equipment and tools in preparation for a nationwide Skills Development Olympics.

Under Result 2, five activities are foreseen:

i) Identify and upgrade VET trainers’ qualifications;
ii) Facilitate industry attachments for VET trainers;
iii) Train training centres managers on program delivery;
iv) Design a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route for experienced practitioners to become VET trainers;
v) Plan, design and implement open and distance learning modalities for professional development of VET trainers.

Under Result 3, two activities are foreseen:

i) Capitalise the lessons learned from the demand-driven model to other sectoral development;
ii) Develop national regulatory framework, including funding for sustainability.

KRIVET (Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training) will be faciliting a number of capacity building workshops over the next 2 years. The specific purpose of the designated activities is to provide Vocational Education and Training policymakers and practitioners in building their capacities for an enhanced relevance of curriculum of Vocational Education and Training in the target sectors.

Meetings & Workshops
Workshop 1 has taken place from the 15th to the 19th of April 2013 as an orientation workshop to familiarise the teams with the respective VET situations in Namibia and the Republic of Korea.
Workshop 2 has taken place from the 15th to the 20th of July 2013, focusing on a labour market analysis and curriculum development methodologies.

Contact
For further enquiries, contact:
The Programme Coordinator
Mrs. Veruschka McKay
Tel: +264 61 2078593 ; Fax: +264 61 279 551; Mobile: +264 81 329 0807
PO Box 70407, Katutura
NTA Village Rand Street, Khomasdal
Windhoek
vmckay@nta.com.na
www.nta.com.na