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An agreement signed by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA) and the Namibian Training Authority (NTA) has been hailed as a catalyst in advancing skills development.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at a glittering ceremony in Namibia recently.  The aim of the MoU is to assist the NTA in developing programmes, and the sharing of best practices in assessment, certification, and quality assurance in the manufacturing, engineering and related services sector in both countries.

The MoU makes provision for cooperation in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Supporting the exchange of training packages, including but not limited to qualifications, unit standards, curriculum and training manuals;


  • supporting and encouraging the recognition, articulation and credit transfer where credits obtained on the Namibian and South African Qualifications Frameworks are aligned as the articulation between vocation education and training;


  • making available to the NTA the merSETA policies on assessment and certification, for the Namibian Qualifications Framework to consider incorporating the concepts, relation to the registration process for processors and moderators;


  • sharing best practices in areas of quality assurance, including verification visits for the familiarisation and possible alignment of the quality assurance framework to support the successful implementation of qualifications and unit standards;


  • supporting the NTA in the preparation and implementation of skills competitions within the sector; and


  • facilitating a process where the NTA could benefit from partnerships that merSETA has with industries operating both in South Africa and Namibia, and vice versa.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, NTA acting chief executive officer Ester Anna Nghipondoka said: “The NTA targeted merSETA because of its wide range of successes and innovations in establishing training arrangements and quality assurance mechanisms.  She added that the challenges Namibia faces demanded new and innovative ways of collaborating in the fields of Technical and Vocational Education and Training. “The support offered by merSETA in the areas of cooperation must be interpreted in a spirit of goodwill, and not strictly as obligatory requirements of our agreement,” she noted.

“In our endeavour to promote TVET as a viable career path for young Namibians, we also would like to draw on merSETA’S wealth of experience in the preparation sand successful implementation of skills competitions within the sector.”

The merSETA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Raymond Patel said that the organisation would remain innovative and intensify their strategic and mutual beneficial partnership with NTA and the Namibian government in bringing together industry, education and research in delivering an effective TVET regime.

“As an organisation, the merSETA views collaboration as an effective means of meeting the huge skills development challenges before us.