VTCs expansion costs at N$560m

Namibia Training Authority (NTA) will be expanding Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) countrywide at a cost of about N$564 913 750 by next year, chief executive officer of NTA, Jerry Bekeus said.

NTA will start by expanding the VTC in Gobabis which is currently the smallest in the country, he said.

“We do not see the need to construct new centers because we already have existing ones on the ground. This will enable the centers to improve trainee intake. This plan will not only apply to some of the vocational training centers but all of them as far as expansion is concerned,” he said.

He added that vocational training programs will also be expanded.

Some of the centers to be extended are Kaikanagab at Mariental; Zambezi VTC; Karasburg VTC amongst others.

Furthermore, NTA has paid out a total amount of N$24 067 026 in Employer Training Grants during the 2016/17 financial year for 5 642 claims.

“Claim pay-outs subject to training courses being VET related, valid evidence documentation, no outstanding interest and/or penalties, as well as claims not exceeding the 50% claim ceiling were paid out. We anticipate a good number of claims to be paid out under the cycle over next few months,” Beukes said.

He added that eligible employers continue to register and collection figures continue to grow year on year and ongoing VET Levy implementation progress can largely be ascribed to unyielding support of registered employers.