30 November 2021
Yet another milestone in establishing an industry-driven TVET system was reached when the Namibia Training Authority certified 15 apprentices on Saturday.
The apprentices received the National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism (Level 3) Local Guide, which is a qualification they can use towards attaining the National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism (Level 4) National Guide.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony hosted by Gondwana Resorts at its King Nehale Resort in Etosha, Acting Chief Operations Officer, Tobias Nambala congratulated the cohort of apprentices and applauded their commitment and perseverance. Nambala, whose message was read by the NTA’s Manager: Research and Planning, Indongo Indongo, also commended Gondwana Resorts for taking in these young men and women as a participant in the NTA’s Apprenticeship in TVET Programme.
“Gondwana has taken the lead in this pioneering tale of success. In partnership with the Namibian Academy for Tourism and Hospitality (NATH), you are doing your part to train Namibians in the important Tourism and Hospitality sector, as a key economic growth sector”, he noted. “This is so important, because a competitive tourism sector requires continuous training, with a special focus on customer service”, he added.
The NTA rolled out the National TVET Apprenticeship Programme in 2019 after the pilot in 2018. Through this process a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the Bank of Namibia (BoN), through which the central bank supports the apprenticeship programme over a three-year period. The N$ 4 500 000 sponsorship covers the cost of 50 apprenticeships in highly sought-after occupations in the priority areas of Agriculture, Tourism and Auto-Mechanics.
Davis Kwenani, one of the top performing apprentices, shared his excitement right after the event. “It has been a worthwhile journey which has opened the doors to fulltime employment at Gondwana. I urge the youth to take up such opportunities provided by employers. It is a step in the right direction and I feel very proud of my achievement and that of my fellow apprentices,” he beamed.
On her part, the NTA’s Manager: Work-Integrated Learning, Dalia Mwiya encouraged more employers to follow the Gondwana example and to join the apprenticeship fray. “Since the onset of the 2018 pilot programme, Namibia’s TVET apprenticeship journey to date has been a modest one. More than 500 apprenticeship opportunities have been generated since. However, there is still a great need to have more employers come on board and generate even more prospects”, Mwiya shared.