11 October 2020

The Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is making solid progress in giving effect to an apprenticeship funding agreement it entered into with the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), on 28 May 2020. The agreement makes provision for the NTA to fund the apprenticeship training of 80 young Namibians, recruited from all fourteen regions, towards acquiring the National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism qualification in the areas of ‘Core Commercial Cookery Skills’, ‘Food and Beverage Operations’, ‘Front Office Operations ’and ‘Housekeeping Operations’.

Underlining the need for continuous investment in training to enhance the competitiveness of the Hospitality and Tourism sector, NWR Managing Director, Dr. Matthias Ngwangwama described the apprenticeship partnership as an important step.”A competitive tourism sector requires continuous training, with a special focus on customer service. Over the years, we fulfilled this responsibility on an ad-hoc basis. However, with the financial support emanating from the NTA-funded apprenticeship programme, we are now able to gain better traction in doing our part to train Namibians in this important economic growth sector”, he noted.

On his part, Namibia Training Authority Caretaker Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Cornelis Beuke commended the NWR for giving effect to the agreement. “Apprenticeship is a time-tested channel through which to provide young people with opportunities to enter high-value work-based learning. The NTA has of recent entered into many such agreements with other public and private sector partners. The NWR did well in the midst of COVID-19 to firm up arrangements and we look forward to the first graduates from this initiative to enter the world of work with confidence and competence”, Beuke highlighted. “As an employer, the NWR, by investing in talent development through apprenticeship, stands to gain a pipeline of loyal skilled workers to increase its productivity and improve the bottom line”, he explained.

The NTA funds the NWR to take in apprentices at a cost of N$160,800.00 per apprentices over a period of 3 years. As far as theoretical work and assessment preparation are concerned, the apprentices will receive support from two NTA-registered training institutions, namely the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre, in Otjozondjupa and the Homestead Skills and Technical Skills Academy, in the Oshikoto region.

Meanwhile, the NWR is making strong inroads towards establishing its own training arm. The Namibia Wildlife Resorts Hospitality Institute (NWR Hi) is to have its main campus at the Kunene Rest Camp in the Kunene region and a satellite campus at the Gross Barmen Resort in Otjozondjupa. “We recently submitted an application to the NTA to be registered as a training institution and we are hard at work to ensure that we meet the requirements”, Ngwangwama concluded.

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