By Johannes Hangula
FIFTEEN Namibian trainers from various vocational training centres departed for Germany last Friday through the Promotional of Vocational Education and Training project (ProVET).
ProVET is a joint technical cooperation project of the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) that aims to improve skills development in order to meet the demand of industry for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to achieve the main targets of employment promotion, economic development and the reduction of income inequality in Namibia.
Because the activities of ProVET are being implemented jointly by national and international experts, this time around NTA is sending 15 trainers from the countries biggest vocational centres like Valombola Vocational Training Centre, Rundu Vocational Centre, Tsumeb Namibia Institution of Mining and Technology (NIMT), Mapac Technical Training Institute and Okakarara Vocational Training Centre from the Field of Auto Mechanics (petrol, diesel and earthmoving heavy equipment mechanics).
The chosen trainers will be in Germany for two weeks and they are expected to take part in activities that focus on developing or improving parameters for raising the quality of TVET and on improving quality training delivery in key economic sectors and regional clusters at German automotive training institutions and companies.
NTA Chief Executive Officer Jerry Beukes said, “To increase the number of trainers in the system and improve on quality we are on big a drive now to capacitate our trainers and make sure that when it comes to curriculum development we can infuse new ideas and technology because our programmes are more responsive to the needs of the industry.
“This has been one of the concerns from the industry for some time; particularly in trade of automotive mechanics where technology changes every day and we have not been able to keep up with this in our workshops from the training perspective. Hence we are also fostering closer ties with players in this industry so can capitalise on these partnerships and give exposure to our trainers and trainees in terms of attachments,” said Beukes
Beukes added that NTA started with the programme a while back but has been struggling due to limited resources, but for now they are getting support from their development partners such as the German government that is aiding this initiative through the ProVET programme funding.
”A lot of it will also be supported going forward by the European Union (EU) in terms of the project that we will be rolling out in the northern part of the country to capacitate the pre-centres and create additional training centres with a very specific focus of upscaling trainers that side”.
According Beukes, NTA was sending trainers from the automotive field because it is one of the big sectors of economy.
“Automotive specifically is one of trade where we must remain current in terms of technology we are using in the industry today. We need to replicate these skillsets in our vocational training centres and make sure that our trainers understand the industry’s needs in order for that to be incorporated in our training curriculum programmes, tools and equipment in our workshops and training programmes.”
He added that through ProVET there will be quality improvement, and the direct outcome of this capacity building initiative will be that the trainers will be better prepared when it comes to the development of units, standards and curriculum.
Another 32 trainers from electrical engineering and plumbing will depart for Germany next week Monday
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