Rundu private vocational centre on verge of closure

14 Apr 2014 17:10pm
RUNDU, 14 APR (NAMPA) - Ngato Vocational Training Centre (NVTC), a Rundu-based private training centre, is on the verge of collapse due to a lack of finances.
The training centre officially opened its doors last year to address a skills shortage in the country, but it has been finding the going tough due to limited financial and material resources.
The youthful owner and founder of the school, Fernando Kaushiwetu told Nampa in an interview on Monday that he urgent needs investors to partner with the school in order to provide quality education to its students.
This year, the NVTC enrolled 67 students in nine different trades while the 137 who were enrolled for Level One last year are doing their in-service training at various private and public institutions in the region.
Kaushiwetu said the training centre has applied to be registered with the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), but it has to meet certain requirements first before it is successfully registered.
Some of these requirements include the construction of a workshop building and needed the provision of all the needed equipment.
The founder explained that the NVTC needs about N.dollars 12 million to purchase equipment, and build classrooms where students can do their practical work.
He said interested investors are urgently needed to partner with the school, by either buying shares or sponsoring any courses with equipment.
“Doing so will ensure that we are able to meet the government halfway in terms of addressing the skills shortage facing our country,” he added.
Since its inception, the vocational training centre has been surviving by paying the salaries of its 21 staff members from the students’ monthly fee contribution, as well as generating some money from the centre’s own company, which is called ‘Ngato Renovation, Welding and Metal Work’ company.
The students share the seven classrooms and four workshops building available.
The NVTC currently offers courses in welding and fabrication, office administration, plumbing and pipe fitting, bricklaying and plastering, joinery and cabinet making, electrical, agriculture, hospitality and tourism.