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The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Labour Resources and Research Institute (LaRRI).
Amongst others, the agreement provides a framework within which the two parties can develop and undertake collaborative research and education programmes, and through which trade union members with trade skills and experience in various fields can enroll for certification through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme. Read more…

The 2018 National Skills Competition was launched in the capital, today.

f.l.t.r. – WorldSkills Namibia Manager, Sens Shoolongo, COO, Richwell Lukonga and CEO, Jerry Beukes

f.l.t.r. – WorldSkills Namibia Manager, Sens Shoolongo, COO, Richwell Lukonga and CEO, Jerry Beukes

The competition allows technical institutions and individuals to test their skills proficiency against that of their peers, and serves as a platform from which to select Namibia’s competitors to represent the country at the next WorldSkills International (WSI) competition, which will be held in the Russian city of Kazan, in 2019.

It is also to include an exposition, in which credible and accredited local and international Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and businesses are going to exhibit their products and skills and share information about their course offerings; and a conference, which is in support of a key engagement objective to bring together on a single platform, local and international industry representatives, TVET institutions and other critical stakeholders to share TVET experiences and debate pertinent skills and economic development issues affecting the sector.

Officiating at the launch, NTA CEO, Mr. Jerry Beukes highlighted that the staging of the event remained dependent on whether the NTA would be able to access the necessary financial resources, as organising an event of this size and magnitude required substantial investment.

“However, we remain confident that we should be able make the event a reality for all Namibians. It goes without saying that it would be less challenging to do so, if we can secure the backing and support of our corporate partners, whom we are asking to meet us halfway in this regard. Their investment will not only be an investment in a very important national initiative, but an investment in our country’s most important asset – its youth, as the leaders of tomorrow”, Beukes stressed.

To qualify for the NSC2018, entrants must first compete in selection competitions that will be held from 27 to 28 April 2018, at selected training institutions countrywide. To give an equal opportunity to all skilled TVET enthusiasts, the selection competitions, and subsequently the NSC2018 will have no age restrictions. However, only competitors that would be 22 years or younger at the first date of the next WorldSkills Competition, which is 22 August 2019, will qualify for selection to the Namibian team to compete in Russia.

From ten occupational skill areas during the inaugural event in 2016, the 2018 National Skills Competition will feature twelve occupational skill areas, namely: Automotive Technology; Bricklaying; Carpentry ; Cooking; Electrical Installations; Joinery; Hairdressing; Refrigeration and Airconditioning; Plumbing and Heating; Restaurant Services; Wall and Floor Tiling; and Welding.

Application forms and information can be obtained from the WorldSkills Namibia Secretariat, or any of the countrywide selection competition venues. Application forms can also be accessed through the following websites: www.worldskillsnamibia.na ; and www.nta.com.na

Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi at the inauguration of the NTA Board
It is common knowledge that economies are transformed by small and medium enterprises and skills is a critical driver. Unfortunately, vocational education and training is seen as a last resort, due to the negative perception that VET is for those who could not perform. For use to change this view we have to embark on a number activities to transform and change this negative perception.
First let me express my appreciation to the outgoing Board of Directors for putting the transformation TVET on the right path. To the incoming Board I wish to thank you for accepting our invitation to serve on this Board.
The transformation the following interventions are required:

1. We need to develop a governance model for the TVET Sector, which includes ownerships of vocational education and training centre;

2. As stipulated in HPP, we need to expand access to VET programmes – this might ensuring presence of VTCs in all fourteen regions of our country.

3. We need to ensure that trainers and management is upskilled. For this we will require a local VET training be introduced
4. At this point in time we have three different curricula models and this should be harmonized into a national curriculum for TVET;
5. Enhancing collaboration with industry, including ensuring work- based learning for trainees.
6. Entrepreneurship development programmes must be introduced at VTCs.
These are some of the critical interventions required in our efforts to transform our VET landscape.
The critical challenges include limited resources, amendment of the VET Act, lack of job attachment opportunities, etc.

It is therefore my wish that the incoming will critically look at the transformation process, in close cooperation with the Ministry, to ensure that current TVET challenges are addressed.