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NTA Appoints Senior Management Team
02 October 2013
The NTA is proud to introduce our new senior management team to our stakeholders.
We are confident that their collective experience and expertise will lay the foundations for bold and ambitious improvements towards the establishment of a robust organisation and a relevant Vocational Education and Training regime, over the next five years.
Richwell Lukonga is our new General Manager; Operations. Richwell has been leading the NTA’s operational activities for the past two years. He joined the NTA in 2011 as Manager: Councils and Industry Engagement.
A teacher by profession, Richwell holds a B.Ed (Hons)-degree from the University of Johannesburg and a M. Sc –degree in Educational Science and Technology from the University of Twente, in The Netherlands. He also completed a Management Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2012.
Sven von Blottnitz has been appointed as our new General Manager: Finance and Administration. Sven joins the NTA from Shell Namibia/Vivo where he has served as Country Finance Manager.
He holds a B. Bus. Sc. (Business Finance) from the University of Cape Town and a B. Compt (Hons)-degree from the University of South Africa. Sven is registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Namibia; the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants; the Public Accountants and Auditors Board of Namibia; and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Southern Africa.
Our new General Manager: Human Resources is Bernadette Sam. She joins from fellow regulator, NAMFISA, where she was employed as Manager: Human Resources.
She holds a BA-Psychology (Hons) degree from the University of the Western Cape, which she has supplemented with a B.Ed-degree and a BA- Industrial and Organisational Psychology (Hons) degree from the University of South Africa. She boasts a wealth of experience in the areas of Organisational Development, Employee Benefits, Training and Performance Management.
Joseph Mukendwa has been appointed as General Manager: National Training Fund. Joseph joined the NTA in 2006 when it was still a Project Management Unit under the Ministry of Education.
He has served as the NTA’s Manager: Corporate Services between 2006 and 2010 and as Manager: National Training Fund from 2010 until 2012. Joseph holds a B-Accounting degree from the University of Namibia and has also completed a Management Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2012.
Tomas Nekongo is the NTA’s new Company Secretary. Tomas is a lawyer by profession and holds B Juris and B Laws (LL.B) degrees from the University of Namibia. As an admitted legal practitioner of the High Court of Namibia, Tomas has amassed experience in the fields of inter alia, Criminal and Civil Litigation; Contracts and Labour Disputes.
He advises the Board of legal, governance, accounting, risk and tax implications of proposed policies. Tomas joins the NTA from local law firm, Sisa Namandje & Co.
Education Minister Launches BEAR Project
03 October 2013
The Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi has rubbished public perceptions that Vocational Education and Training is regarded by the government as being of secondary importance in the national education programme.
Namwandi said vocational education and training is actually the most suitable form of education capable of meeting the demands of national economic growth and globalisation.
Stressing that the country’s institutions can deliver, he said: “We must remain confident in the potential of our people and in the potential of our Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions, including the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), to deliver programmes responsive to the new technological, economic and demographic challenges.”
The Education Minister was speaking on Thursday (03/10/13) at the launch of the Namibian Chapter of the Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) project, where he called on all stakeholders in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training sectors to enhance collaboration with the ministry and the NTA.
BEAR aims to implement sectoral programmes in selected countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region through public and private partnerships and improve the knowledge base and capacity of Technical and Vocational Education and Training systems to develop evidence-based training policies.
But Namwandi stressed: “The time has come for us to progress beyond merely discussing increased access to education, advocating increased funding and demanding elevated inputs. The time has come to implement the recommendations of the numerous studies we carried out in the last decade. Our focus should now be on outcomes, effectiveness and generating more value from the resources available for Vocational Education and Training.”
Emphasising that one of the many obstacles Namibia faces to stimulate economic growth is a scarcity of skilled labour, he said: “The establishment of a sustainable skills base is and will remain a huge challenge in the foreseeable future. The challenge is exacerbated by a lack of human capital development opportunities and the mismatch between the supply and demand sides of our labour market. Then, of course, there is the challenge to continuously ensure that education and training we provide is current, demand driven and relevant as well as forward looking to ensure skills for emerging markets.”
Namwandi said there is an urgent need to increase the middle and high-level skills of the Namibian people and at the same time a need to expand access to basic skills training. “Simultaneously we have to provide remedial programmes for the large number of learners who leave school and who do not have the necessary qualifications to enter the world of work. We face the daunting task of achieving the objectives of Technical and Vocational Education and Training through equitable, relevant and good quality education and training,” the minister stressed.
However, he said government is acutely aware of these challenges and has steadfastly reinforced the expansion, diversification and modernisation of vocational education and training. He added: “My ministry acknowledges and supports the key role that Technical and Vocational Education and Training play in providing the skills for a modernised economy, while promoting social inclusion and addressing the high levels of youth unemployment in the country.”
Skills development is a key component of an integrated employment generation and poverty alleviation strategy, he emphasised. “Therefore, our macro national development strategy, Vision 2030, assigns a high premium to the development and implementation of targeted programmes to support the development of local skills as a tool for individual empowerment and national economic development,” he said.
Namibia requires a solid and sustainable skills base to transform it into an industrialised and knowledge-based economy, he said. However, he added, meeting the skills challenges of today as well as those of the future requires new ways of collaboration among all of the relevant players involved in Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and increased and intensified collaboration at national, regional and trans-national levels.
Under a cooperation agreement, BEAR chapters have been established to support five member states in SADC. The project is ongoing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Namibia, with a common goal of identifying, designing and implementing specific country objectives aimed at improving the responsiveness and relevance of the local Technical and Vocational Education and Training systems to individual and labour market needs.
The Namibian government through the NTA entered into a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Republic of Korea in 2011, which led to the establishment of the innovative educational BEAR project. UNESCO together with the Korean government jointly donated five laptops to a value of N$30 000 to NTA to be used by the BEAR project to develop curricula.
(Courtesy of New Era )
First CBET intake graduate at Zambezi VTC
11 October 2013
The town of Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi region was a hive of activity on Friday (11/10/2013) as trainees at the Zambezi Vocational Training Centre prepared themselves for the centre’s 2013 graduation ceremony.
In his keynote address, the Governor of the Zambezi region, Honourable Lawrence Sampofu underscored the importance of Vocational Education and Training in the economic development of the country.
Congratulating the trainees on their achievement, Honourable Sampofu emphasised that learning and knowledge does not cease at graduation and that trainees should constantly develop their capabilities and skills through in-service training and coping with the latest developments.
Acting NTA CEO, Ester Anna Nghipondoka, in her remarks delivered by Mornay Louw, Manager: Public Relations, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement, encouraged said the Namibia Training Authority, its industry partners and centres, including the Zambezi Vocational Training Centre, can only do so much to create training opportunities and establish environments conducive to quality training. “It is up to all you now to make the best of the skills you have acquired - not only for your own benefit, but also for the benefit of your families, your communities, your region and our country at large”, Nghipondoka remarked.
Nghipondoka also thanked the leadership, administration and staff of the Zambezi Vocational Training Centre, for their hard work, commitment and dedication. “Your sacrifices have culminated in the development of skills amongst this group of trainees. Continue to empower our young people, our communities and continue to remain a valued partner in our shared mandate to champion Vocational Education and Training in our country”, she noted.
ZVTC Manager, Richard Kambinda highlighted that the ceremony marked an important milestone for the country’s VET sector. “The NTA selected ZVTC as a pilot institution when it introduced the Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) system in 2006, to gradually replace the old modular training and assessment regime. I am proud to announce that ZVTC is now a full CBET training institution”.
Trainees received Level 1, 2 and 3 certificates in the following trade and occupation areas: Plumbing and Pipefitting; Joinery and Cabinetmaking; Office Administration; Bricklaying and Plastering; Hospitality and Tourism; Welding and Fabrication; Clothing Production and Information and Communication Technology.
MEDIA STATEMENT: IMPLEMENTATION OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING LEVY
The Board of Directors of the Namibia Training Authority hereby wishes to inform our stakeholders that the implementation date of the proposed Vocational Education and Training (VET) Levy is no longer the 1st of September 2013. Once established, the implementation date will be communicated to all stakeholders in line with the requirements of the VET Act.
The imposition of the VET Levy on employers is provided for under Section 35 of the Vocational Education and Training Act, Act No. 1 of 2008, which states that “the Minister of Education, with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance and after consulting the NTA Board, may impose a levy to be paid by employers in general or specific categories of employers for the purpose of facilitating and encouraging Vocational Education and Training”.
As per Section 36 of the VET Act of 2008, a first public notice, in which the Minister of Education announced the intention to impose the VET Levy, appeared in the Government Gazette of the 11th of April 2013. Under this notice, affected employers were invited to make representations to the Minister within 30 days of publication.
Resultant submissions received from various employers and employer bodies have been evaluated by the National Training Fund Council, a sub-committee of the Board of Directors, after which they were submitted to the Board of Directors for deliberation. At its meeting held on the 26th of June 2013, the Board considered the submissions after which it made recommendations to the Minister of Education.
It is now expected of the Minister of Education to announce, through a second notice in the Government Gazette, a final framework for the implementation of the VET Levy, under which the following is to be outlined: a) The description of the employers who must pay the VET Levy; b) The rate and manner of calculating or determining the VET Levy; c) The date or dates on, or periods within, which the VET Levy is payable; d) A description of the body to which the VET Levy must be paid and the required manner of payment; e) Any other matter, which is in the opinion of the Minister, necessary for the effective imposition and collection of the VET Levy.
The Board of Directors wishes to underline that only after publication of this second notice, can a final implementation date for the VET Levy be established and shared with affected employers.
The merSETA and Namibia Training Authority sign an Historic Agreement
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.
NTA certifies registered training providers..
T wenty-four local training providers received their certificates as registered training providers at a certification ceremony conducted in the capital, on Monday evening (24/06/13).
This follows the publication of the Regulations for the Registration of Vocational Education and Training Providers in the Government Gazette in December 2012.
In her welcoming message, delivered on her behalf by the General Manager: Finance, Ubaidullah Davids, Acting NTA CEO, Anna Ester Nghipondoka called on the media to partner with the NTA in educating and sensitising Namibians about the importance to enroll at legally registered and accredited training institutions. This, she said, was of utmost importance to protect young Namibians wishing to enroll for Vocational Education and Training courses, against unscrupulous non-registered entities.
Nghipondoka proudly recommendedthe 24 training institutions as credible organisations to the Namibian public. “They all underwent intensive and rigorous evaluations. They have passed our tests – some with distinction – and they have all met the quality assurance requirements. As such, I can confidently and proudly recommend them as sound, reliable and trustworthy training providers”, she stressed.
The Acting NTA CEO further stressed the need to free up more opportunities for Vocational Education and Training, noting that the training market for registered institutions remained small and that more training providers needed to come on board and offer recognized and quality Vocational Education and Training qualifications to young Namibians in all parts of our country.
Emphasising the importance of quality in training, the Chairperson of the Standards, Assessment and Certification Council, Cowley van der Merwecalled on training providers in the Vocational Education and Training sector to ensure that the management of quality becomes fundamental to all their training activities and programmes. “If quality is ensured in all your training activities, it should result in the trainees graduating from your institutions being valued and appreciated by the labour market as competent, skilled and fit-for-purpose”, van der Merwe stated.
The SACC Chairperson also highlighted that accelerated economic development depended on increasing the productive capacity of our industry, and that this in turn depended on the development of a Vocational Education and Training system, which provides people with the skills which are needed by our industry, and which will provide our citizens with access to employment. “Allow me to therefore to congratulate the Namibia Training Authority for its continued quality improvement drive and for the significant progress being made in establishing a Vocational Education and Training regime that aligns itself with our country’s current and future training needs”, van der Merwe noted.
NTA gets ready for VET Levy
T he Namibia Training Authority (NTA) this week played host to the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) of South Africa at the NamPower Convention Centre in Windhoek, where they signed a memorandum of understanding.
NTA acting CEO, Anna Ester Nghipondoka, said of the agreement that it is aimed at ensuring the establishment of standards and quality with regards to the assimilation and dissemination of skills development arising from vocational education and training.
Other objectives include articulation and credit transfer in terms of training programme development and delivery, assessment and quality assurance, she explained. Nghipondoka also reminded those gathered of the imminent introduction of a National Training Levy to be imposed as from 1 September.
The new levy, introduced in the Government Gazzette on 11 April, will see all Namibian companies with a payroll (excluding pension and retirement allowances) of more than N$350 000 annually, liable to pay 1,5%VET skill levy to NTA before the twentieth of each month.
NTA can impose penalties and interest on claims on companies that fail to pay. Employers may apply to the Minister of Education for exemption. Currently the ministry encourages employers to make presentations of concerns or objections before 11 May, to be submitted during working hours at the minister’s offices, Government Office Park on Luther Street in Windhoek.
(Courtesy of the Informante)
More than 1 000 Namibians to receive skills training.
M CA Namibia and the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) signed grant agreements to the value of N$ 22.2 million with nine vocational training providers in the country. The funds will be used to train 1,320 Namibians from disadvantaged backgrounds in various high priority fields over the next two years.
Franz Gertze from the NTA Board of Directors thanked the American government for their continued support through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and MCA Namibia. According to Gertze, the importance of vocational training cannot be overemphasised and he quoted Chinese philosopher Confucius in saying, “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day – Teach a man how to fish and feed him for a lifetime.”
MCC Resident Country Director Oliver Pearson highlighted that the grants are specifically designed to help young Namibians who could otherwise not afford training. Pearson was pleased with the outcome of the selection of training providers and was full of praise for the Namibia Training Authority: “The NTA is heralding in a new era of demand-driven, competency-based training, and we are very proud to be part of it.”
The selected training facilities were nominated from a list of accredited Namibian institutions based on their capacity to offer training in high priority areas, such as office administration, automotive mechanics, water care, cooking and housekeeping.