In line with our 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, the Namibia Training Authority endeavours to ensure a sustainable skills delivery system under which quality vocational and technical skills are imparted to young Namibians through Vocational Education and Training programmes which meet the current and emerging needs of industries in our nation’s economy, today and into the future.
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The Namibia Training Authority’s framework of governance is set out in the Vocational Education and Training Act, Act 1 of 2008, which grants the Board of Directors overall responsibility for the management and control of the affairs of the NTA.
It does so in line with the three main objectives of the VET Act, which have been defined as:
- Achieving an effective and sustainable system of skills formation aligned with the labour market and which provides the skills needed for accelerated development, productive work and increased standards of living; - Establishing a stable organisation and an efficient and effective management system that clarifies roles in and responsibilities for VET and is accountable to Parliament, through the Minister of Education; and - Establish and maintain a sustainable partnership between the Namibian government, the private sector and civil society to resource the provision of VET.
The Board operates within this overall strategic framework to develop and reform the VET system and exercise the strategic management of the work of the NTA.
The Board of Directors consists of 11 members appointed on a three-year term by the Education Minister, subject to Section 15 of the State-Owned Enterprises Governance Act, as follows:
- Five members nominated by employer representatives on the Labour Advisory Council; - Two members nominated by trade union representatives on the Labour Advisory Council; - Three members representing the Government of the Republic of Namibia Training Authority; and - One member of the Council of the Namibia Qualifications Authority, nominated by that Council.
The Minister of Education appoints the Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson from amongst the members.
The Board administers and controls the affairs of the Namibia Training Authority by:
- Determining the policies and procedures of the Namibia Training Authority; - Exercise control in general over the exercise of powers and the performance of the functions of the Namibia Training Authority; and - Administer and control the National Training Fund.
Board of Directors
Dr. Raimo Naanda
Barbara van der Westhuizen
Chief Executive Officer
Jerry Beukes holds a Master of Arts and an MBA from the University of the Western Cape and MANCOSA, respectively. He has held senior management positions in the education and training sector for the last 17 years and brings a wealth of experience in the areas of strategy development and implementation; programs and materials development; quality management systems; project management; and capacity building.
Our Board Committees
The National Training Fund Council
The VET Act of 2008 mandates the establishment by the Board of Directors of the National Training Fund Council (NTFC) to assist the Board to control and administer the National Training Fund and set out a framework for the implementation of the Vocational Education and Training Levy, as part of the National Training Fund.
The membership of the NTFC consists of individuals with direct industry work experience, especially in fund management. The appointment and operationalisation of the NTFC was carried out during the 2012/13 financial year.
The Standards; Assessment and Certification Council
To assist the Board of Directors in its task of developing and reforming the Vocational Education and Training system and exercise the strategic management of the work of the Namibia Training Authority, it has established, as mandated by the Act, a Standards, Assessment and Certification Council (SACC).
The SACC operates as a sub-committee of the Board of Directors. It advises the Board on the performance of standards, assessment and certification settings as set out in the VET Act of 2008. It therefore performs an invaluable role in overseeing the work of the NTA in relation to its regulatory functions.
Some areas of responsibility of the SACC include: -Programmes to improve the quality of training provision; -Monitoring outcomes and providing quarterly progress report to the Board; -Professional development of instructors, assessors and moderators; -Policies on assessment methods, including Recognition of Prior Learning; -Approve criteria for the accreditation of training providers; -Approve the registration/deregistration of assessors and moderators; -Endorse unit standards developed by the Industry Skills Committees (ISCs); -The development and updating of cross-sectoral unit standards not focused on a particular industry sector and approval of cross-sectoral unit standards; and -Endorsing qualifications and records of competence and liaising with the NQA on such matters, and any other matters referred by the Board.
The Industry Skills Committees
A major innovation as per the mandate by the VET Act of 2008, has been the establishment of Industry Skills Committees (ISCs) as standing committees of the Board.
Comprised of senior and seasoned people from industry, the aim of the ISCs is to assist in the development of a Vocational Education and Training system aligned with, and driven by, the needs of industry.
The committees assist the Board to meet the requirements of industry through: -Advice on current and future skills needs; - Action plans to meet the skills needs in their industries; -Assessing the adequacy of training provision within their industry sectors and, in consultation with the SACC, set priorities for development work to improve the quality, and effectiveness of training delivery; -Programmes to secure greater commitment by employers, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), by investing in skills training and to raise awareness of the value of certificates issued, as part of the national competence-based qualifications framework; -Overseeing the updating of unit standards and qualifications for training programmes in their respective sectors -Advising the NTA Board regarding the need for centrally developed curricula and training manuals; and -Proposals to the SACC regarding the registration or deregistration of assessors for their sectors.
Ten committees are now fully operational: -Mining & Quarrying, Construction, Electricity, Gas, Water Supply & Sanitation; -Tourism & Hospitality; -Financial & Business Services; -Agricultural & Forestry; -Fisheries & Maritime; -Health Care and Social Services; -Transport, Warehousing and Logistics; -Wholesale and Retail Trade; -Post and Telecommunications; and -Manufacturing, Automotive Sales and Arts & Crafts.
The Operations Department is responsible for coordinating, providing and maintaining a wide range of Vocational Education and Training and related support services at the Namibia Training Authority.
Its mandate is to excel in providing such services and support to both internal and external customers, enabling the Namibia Training Authority to maximise its effectiveness and potential as a regulator and funder of Vocational Education and Training.
It is comprised of the following divisions: - VET Standards - Manager: Ruusa Iitula (Acting) - VET Programmes - Amon Haufiku - Quality Assurance - Manager: Ian Gicheru - Assessment & Certification - Manager: Mariane Hara!Gaes - Research & Planning - Manager: Indongo Indongo - Curriculum Implementation - Ernst Eixab - WorldSkills Namibia - Sens Shoolongo
Enquiries may be directed to: The Office of the Chief Operations Officer (COO): Tel: +264 61 2078 554 Fax: +264 61 2078 598, or
The General Manager: Operations Mr Richwell Lukonga Tel: +264 61 2078 553 Fax: +264 61 2078 598.
The Human Resources Department provides timely support and solutions which address the Namibia Training Authority’s needs with the view to enhance organisational performance and strategy achievement.
The principal accountabilities of the department, amongst others, are as follows:
- Provision of Human Resources services and expertise; - Establish, direct and maintain the Human Resources Division; - Coordinate the facilitation of organisational development and talent management interventions; - Increase efficiency and productivity throughout the organisation; and - To be the ultimate custodian of employee relations practices.
Enquiries may be directed to: The Office of the General Manager – Human Resources Mrs Bernadette Sam Tel: +264 61 2078 535 Fax: +264 61 2078 551
Finance and Administration
As a service delivery department, the business of the Finance and Administration Department is largely to facilitate the achievement of the Namibia Training Authority’s strategic objectives.
The Department assumes the following responsibilities:
-Budget preparation and forecasting; -Budget monitoring, control and support; -Accounting and internal control processes for revenue and expenditure; -Financial control and compliance; -Financial and operational reviews/audits; -Inventory management; -Financial reporting; -Fixed asset control; -Approval control and security access; and - Financial management and advisory services.
The department consists of the following divisions: - Corporate Finance; - Information and Communication Technology; and - Asset Management
Enquiries may be directed to: The Office of the General Manager – Finance & Administration Tel: +264 61 2078 564 Fax: +264 61 2078 551.
The Tender Committee administers tender processes. As such, communications with the Tender Committee are routed via the Secretary of the Tender Committee, who could be reached at tel: +264 61 2078 520.
National Training Fund
The National Training Fund Department administers the Vocational Education and Training Levy.
The immediate objectives of the National Training Fund are to mobilise additional resources for skills development and allocate funds to priority skills training area programmes that meet economic, technical and financial criteria.
Other responsibilities include:
- Stimulating more and better enterprise-based training; - Stimulating the development of a training market and enhance the capacity of private training providers; - Instilling incentives for better performance by public training providers; and - Reducing skill shortages that impede enterprise growth.
The department consists of the following divisions:
- Fund Administration & Disbursement - Fund Collection
Enquiries may be directed to: The Office of the General Manager – National Training Fund Mr Joseph Mukendwa Tel: +264 61 2078 505 Fax: +264 61 2078 551.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your mandate?
One needs to consider a few other aspects locked up in the mandate of the NTA.
First of all, what is Vocational Education and Training? It refers to those training interventions which aim to equip people with knowledge, know-how, skills and/or competencies required in particular occupations, or more broadly on the labour market. And it is Vocational Education and Training, which the Namibia Training Authority has been entrusted to regulate.
The NTA does so by ensuring that training programmes and services meet emerging and future industry and business needs.
Why is regulation necessary?
The move towards a nationally consistent environment of VET regulation has long been a policy goal of the Namibian government and it came to fruition through the promulgation of the Vocational Education and Training Act, Act 1 of 2008.
The NTA needs to regulate the VET sector to ensure national standards are met and to assure the quality of qualifications and skills issued by registered training organisations.
The NTA is a regulator, but at the same time, it is also involved in the delivery of training at the state-owned VTCs. Can the NTA be a player and referee at the same time?
Yes, indeed we are referee and player.
It is not an ideal situation, but the NTA acts in the context it finds itself in. At its establishment, the NTA inherited the former state-owned Vocational Training Centers, which were run by the Ministry of Education.
The VET Act tasks us to lead these centers to semi-autonomy through a process of transformation. In the interim, we provide them with the necessary leadership and management support.
Where do we draw the line between the Namibia Training Authority and the Namibia Qualifications Authority?
The Namibia Qualifications Authority is involved in the promotion of quality education and training in Namibia through the development and management of a comprehensive and flexible National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
In turn, the NQA promotes quality through the registration of education and training providers in Namibia and their courses.
Furthermore, the NQA’s legislative obligations also involve setting up occupational standards for any occupation or job in any career structure and setting the curriculum standards for achieving such occupational standards.
The NTA regulates the provision of VET, by ensuring that training programmes meet current and future needs and people are imparted with skills to find employment. The NTA’s area of focus is the VET sector and to regulate service provision within this sector. However, the NQA is involved in the quality assurance of all qualifications, whether a degree earned at university, a diploma earned at a technikon, or a certificate at a VTC.
How does the NTA involve industry in the setting of training priorities? What mechanisms have been put in place to ensure the effective participation of the various industry sectors?
One of the major innovations set out in the VET Act was the mandate for the NTA to establish Industry Skills Committees as standing committees of its Board. These committees comprise senior people from industry.
The aim of the ISCs is to help us develop a Vocational Education and Training system, which is driven by the needs of industry. They advise the Board on all matters relating to the needs of the industry sectors for which they are responsible.
They are also tasked with providing the NTA with industry intelligence on current and future skills requirements and overseeing the work of the NTA in developing competence-based training aligned to such needs. Furthermore, the ISCs also oversee that training providers provide training programmes to the quality standards, which the industries require.
The NTA is empowered by the VET Act to collect a Training Levy from employers and use this money towards expanding Vocational Education and Training. Why is a VET Levy necessary?
In Namibia, there is a serious under-provision of demand-led training opportunities, which is constraining key aspects of economic growth.
Within this context, it is necessary to introduce specific interventions such as a levy scheme to supplement and fund the development and establishment of applicable systems and processes, to ensure that demand-led training is available to meet the needs of the employed, the unemployed and the disadvantaged.
We anticipate that the implementation of the National Training Fund and associated Training Levy scheme will support and drive the growth of the VET sector. The rationale is simple. Mobilising additional resources means that the quality and quantity of skills development can be accomplished, that skills shortages constraining enterprise development can be reduced, and productivity and incomes and/or profits can be enhanced.