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NTA to expand VTCs

Sat, 26 July 2014 20:19
by Timoteus Shihepo
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The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) is set to embark on a journey of expanding the Vocational Training Centres (VTC) across the country.

NTA’s CEO Anna Nghipondoka said the centres such as for Eenhana and Rundu will all undergo development changes.

“We are soon going to stage ground breaking ceremonies for three very important infrastructure development projects – The expansion of the Rundu Vocational Training Centre and the Eenhana Vocational Training Centre, and the construction of a new Vocational Training Centre at Gobabis in the Omaheke region  and just last week we signed a recognition and procedural agreement with labour unions aimed at the establishment of harmonious labour relations at our Head Office and the public vocational training centres under our supervision,” she said.

She said that NTA has a responsibility not only to train and regulate but to inculcate in all Vocational Education and Training (VET) graduates, entrepreneurial skills and attitudes to make them independent and able to employ themselves.

“In April this year, the NTA introduced the Vocational Education and Training Levy. The participation of our levy-paying employers has indeed been encouraging and we look forward to making a tangible impact with the resources now at our disposal,” she said.

Nghipondoka was speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between NTA and Peace Corps Namibia. Nghipondoka said the agreement is in line with their Strategic Plan, under which their Board of Directors envisions the NTA as the port of call for vocational skills in Namibia.

“Under the same Strategic Plan the Board set one of the Key performance areas to be Entrepreneurship development with the objective to enhance self-employment and employability in Namibia by fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and skills among VET graduates. It is also in line with the Implementing Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Namibia, through the National Planning Commission and Peace Corps Namibia,” she said.

She added that, “Namibia Training Authority and Peace Corps Namibia join hands towards equipping our VTC trainees with entrepreneurial skills and prepare and empower them to start and grow their own businesses, upon completion of their training”.