By Confidente Reporter
NAMIBIA, through the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), is a member of WorldSkills International (WSI).
WSI is a non-political organisation that promotes skills excellence, through the staging of bi-annual international skills competitions and establishing networking and sharing platforms for members, to learn from and with each other. The bi-annual competitions also provide a means of exchange and comparison of competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy.
Its mission is to promote, through the cooperative actions of members, a worldwide awareness of the essential contribution that skills and high standards of competence make to the achievement of economic success and individual achievement. Though the competition held bi-annually, WSI attempts to raise awareness about opportunities that exist in skilled professions and encourage young people to explore such opportunities.
The NTA, through its WorldSkills Namibia Secretariat, staged Namibia’s successful, first-ever National Skills Competition (NSC) from 14 to 17 September 2016 at the Ramatex Complex in the capital.
The NSC addressed a multitude of objectives, including the negative perception of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Namibia and encouraging more young Namibians to take up technical and vocational career paths. Furthermore, the event provided an opportunity for the industry and business community to share opportunities that are available for the sector and how the sector can maximally contribute to economic development, as articulated in the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP). The inaugural event was a key deliverable for the TVET sector, under the HPP, and featured about 120 competitors from public and private training institutions, agencies and industries across Namibia, competing in ten different skills areas. Apart from the competition, the event brought together representatives of various SADC countries and members of various industries, who participated in the orchestration of the National Policy for Apprenticeship, as well as a number of exhibitors, from both the SME sector and TVET providers.
Most importantly, the event served as a platform to identity young Namibians who will represent Namibia at the upcoming World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi late in October this year.
Namibia initially intended to send a total of 10 competitors to Abu Dhabi, covering all the 10 skills areas (bricklaying, carpentry, cooking, electrical installations, joinery, plumbing and heating and wall and floor tiling) that formed part of the first-ever National Skills Competition.
However, due to strict WorldSkills international age requirements that limit competitors to be younger than 22 years of age at the date of the competition, Namibia will only send participants in seven skills competition areas.
As WorldSkills Namibia embarks on the intensive journey of sharpening the seven representative competitors that will do the country proud in Abu Dhabi this year, do not miss the next edition to learn more about the competitors and how you too can become a future participant.
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