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11 May 2022

The Namibia Training Authority (NTA), through its Research and Planning Division, is soon to conduct a series of training workshops aimed at capacitating registered, credible TVET providers to conduct graduate tracer studies.

Manager: Research Manager, Mr Indongo Indongo, says the initiative is a response to recommendations emanating from the 2019 National TVET Graduates Survey. “It is also in line with a call by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for training providers to play a more active role in ensuring that there is a smooth transition into the world of work for young graduates.  Tracer studies play a pivotal role in ensuring that there is an alignment in what is being trained in the training institutions and what is required in the labour market”, Indongo explains.

The first workshop is scheduled for 12 May 2022 at Swakopmund, targeting mainly TVET providers operating in the Erongo region. For TVET providers operating in central Namibia, a second workshop will be held on 16 May 2022, at Otjiwarongo. A third workshop is to be held at Ongwediva, on 24 May 2022 targeting about 30 TVET providers operating in the central north. For TVET providers operating in both Kavango East and Kavango West, as well as those operating in the Zambezi, another workshop will be held at Rundu on 27 May 2022, while the series of workshops conclude with a session in Windhoek on 30 May 2022.

Indongo further stresses the importance of TVET providers to support graduates in securing meaningful employment and self-employment opportunities. “It is not about offering training, only. TVET providers should walk the extra mile, not only in ensuring course relevance and industry responsiveness but in providing after-training support such as linking young graduates to employment centres, as well. Other initiatives through which they can render such support include the identification and provision of quality apprenticeship and industrial attachment opportunities, job interview preparations, and coaching and mentorship for those graduates aspiring to become entrepreneurs”, Indongo highlights.

“We call upon TVET providers across the country to align themselves to this training initiative and we look forward to their full and active participation. After all, we remain partners in keeping track of our TVET graduates and how they are transitioning into the labour market”, he adds.

TVET providers interested in more information about the training workshops are encouraged to contact Mr. Indongo at 061-2078149 or 0811564296, or via email at iindongo@nta.com.na

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