Namibia College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) became the first institution to honour the late Education Minister Dr Abraham Iyambo by naming him after the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Centre (TVET).
TVET was inaugurated at Yetu Yama NamCol Centre, Katutura, Windhoek, on Thursday last week.
The TVET program is established in order to offer a new focus for technical and vocational training to enhance the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work.
TVET is also aimed at increasing opportunities for a productive workforce, sustainable livelihood, personal empowerment and socio-economic development in the country
With TVET, NamCol will now offer various choices of courses to students in the fields of Automotive Mechanics, Welding and Metal Fabrication, Plumbing, Pipefitting and Office Administration.
A total of 538 trainees were already selected to go through the first phase of the vocational education training program that started early February this year.
TVET is a joint venture between NamCol, Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA) and Namibia Training Authority (NTA).
Director of NamCol, Heroldt Murangi said the introduction of TVET will enhance employment opportunities for adults and out of school youth, as well as upgrading the skills of employed adults and youth.
“I believe, NamCol with the necessary support will narrow these skills gaps and can supply the necessary demand driven skills needed by Namibia’s growing industries,” said Murangi.
MCA which came in force in 2009, aiming at alleviating poverty through economic development in areas such as Education, Agriculture and tourism, will continue to support the education sector, said its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Penny Akwenye.
“ The Vocational Training Grant Fund exists under the MCA education project for three reasons, to provide scholarships to young disadvantaged Namibians to receive training in high priority skills areas, to provide financial assistance to training providers such as Namcol to expand their services to provide a greater number of training opportunities to a greater number of trainees and to provide funds to the NTA that models the forthcoming levy funds, so that the NTA can put procedures together to manage levy funds and to procure future training,” said Akwenye.
So far, NamCol has recently received funds worth N$16.4 million through NTA to renovate its existing workshops and equipment with necessary machinery and tools to be able to operate as a vocational training centre.
NTA Acting General Manager, Richwell Lukonga said the partnership between NTA and NamCol was created to develop and to build the capacities of young Namibians in current and emerging priority training and qualifications.
“This partnership will significantly contribute to ongoing efforts to address societal and industry perceptions regarding the quality of vocational education and training in Namibia,” said Lukonga.
Chairperson of NamCol board of governors, Justin Ellis said TVET has become a critical factor in the economy and social development of the country.
“NamCol prides itself in opening doors of opportunity for our young people and in offering education and training of high quality,” said Ellis