04 July 2023
The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) through its Research and Planning division, has announced the commencement of the second Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduate survey seen as a tool to better serve the current and emerging needs of skilled human resources in the country.
General Manager of TVET Regulation, Tobias Nambala says that in the context of a dynamic and complex labour market, gathering intelligence on current and future skills needs can support better matching of training and jobs, becomes of paramount importance. It is in this regard, and in line with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions, that the NTA is embarking on a collaborative research study with South Africa’s Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) to conduct the 2nd National TVET Graduate Survey.
As overarching objectives, the survey is aimed at generating empirical data to aid the NTA and W&RSETA in the rendering of accessible and equitable TVET services and to validate whether TVET qualifications are keeping track of the evolving demands of the labour market in terms of the relevance and effectiveness, thereof.
The survey commences today, 04 July 2023, and concludes on 11 August 2023.
The NTA’s Research and Planning Division spearheads the study, which is targeting employed, unemployed and self-employed graduates from TVET-registered institutions, who graduated between 2018 and 2020, and who acquired TVET qualifications from Level 1 to Level 6.
“Methodologically, the study adopts a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. Longitudinal by design, it applies a random sampling approach in soliciting responses. A universal coverage form is to be applied in reaching out to respondents. Face-to-face interviews are to serve as the main data collecting tool for employers and self-employed graduates, whereas an online (digital) approach is to be applied in collecting data from graduates. In respect to the latter, graduates are expected to complete an online questionnaire, via an Internet hyperlink, based on a specialised survey software programme,” says Nambala.
In boosting the response and questionnaire completion rates, follow-ups are to be conducted making use of a wide array of methods, inter alia, email notifications, Short Message Service (SMS), and telephonic reminders.
Interviewers will conduct face-to-face interviews from 24th July 2023 to 4th August 2023. Interviewers will be dressed in NTA-branded attire and will carry special identification cards.
In conclusion, Namabala on behalf of the NTA encourages all graduates who have completed training at a TVET institution between 2018 and 2020 are requested to actively participate in this essential survey.