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NTA and LaRRI come to the rescue of unqualified skilled Namibians

by Kelvin Chiringa

The National Training Authority (NTA) and the Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI) have committed to cooperate in working towards assisting skilled and experienced Namibians who do not possess relevant formal qualifications.

The two institutions have dedicated to assist especially those who wish to get recognised for their experiences and skills.

Speaking at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, NTA chief executive officer, Jerry Beukes said, “Recognition of Prior Learning is a means by which prior learning is formally identified, assessed and validated.”

“Recognition of Prior Learning and its important role in certifying competent, skilled and experienced technical and vocational practitioners is recognised and leveraged in the technical and vocational skills development objectives of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which sets a target of 2 000 candidates to be certified during the first year of the HPP period,” he elaborated. 

After three RPL rounds were conducted under which eligible candidates with proven work experience were invited to apply for assessment, 3 631 applications were received in 29 different occupational areas.

Altogether 1 514 candidates were assessed and of which 852 (56%) were certified, Beukes revealed. 

“Furthermore, altogether, 58 Subject Matter Experts from both public and private sectors within different industrial areas have been certified as RPL assessors and mentors to support future assessment rounds at assessment centres countrywide,” he said. 

He said that there are still many deserving Namibians out there who have not yet been given the opportunity to pursue further studies on completing their schools. 

LaRRI director, Michael Akuupa also indicated that his institution received funding from Nam-mic Financial Solutions to train and retrain workers that belong to unions that were affiliated to the NUNW.

“As a result of this investment by Nam-mic, we have been able to train a number of workers that belonged to unions that are affiliated to the NUNW. When we were awarded the opportunity to train and facilitate train for workers, we thought to partner with NTA as an entity that has a national mandate on training and development and innovation,” he said.

He indicated that his institution has also just graduated domestic workers through the Kayek training and they received early childhood development certificates.

He said they have also been beneficiaries of the endeavour by Nam-mic. 

Speaking of the RPL, Akuupa said it will go a long way to address the plight of many Namibians within the informal sector.