WINDHOEK, 26 JUNE – The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) has spent about N$ 149.6 million on skills development through its National Training Fund (NTF) during the 2016/17 financial year.
This was noted in its annual report tabled in the National Assembly last week by Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi.
The report emphasised that the objectives of the fund include the mobilisation for skills development and to allocate funds generated in prioritising skills training programmes that meet economic, technical and financial criteria.
It further includes stimulating more and better enterprise-based training, inspiring the development of a training market and enhancing the capacity of private training providers as well as reducing skill shortages that hamper enterprise growth.
Stated in the report, NTA Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Beukes said Vocational Education and Training (VET) form the basis for economic growth and the development of local industries.
He added that it remains the most practical avenue for acquiring readily employable skills for the world of work.
“A society that does not embrace and foster VET cannot expect sustainable growth. Namibia needs skilled workers and the acquisition of employment skills is a key element in the fight against poverty,” said Beukes.
The revelation of the N$149.6 million spent comes at a time when Kandjii-Murangi is advocating for more investment in VET.
Quoted in a local newspaper recently, Kandjii-Murangi said for far too long, VET has been neglected in the overall education system.
“As a country, we have realised that this neglect has to stop and that we need to transform and expand technical and vocational training and tap into the enormous potential it offers us to prosper as a nation,” she said.
Since April 2013, NTA assumed full control over the Rundu, Zambezi, Okakarara, Valombola, Eenhana, Nakayale and Gobabis vocational training centres.