The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) today signed a memorandum of understanding with global construction giant Murray & Roberts.
The signing took place at a signing ceremony held the NTA Village in Windhoek this afternoon.
NTA’s acting Chief Executive Officer Esther Anna Nghipondoka who welcomed the Murray & Roberts delegation explained the primary reason behind the memorandum of understanding.
The Murray & Roberts South Africa delegation was led by Mr. Mile Sofijanic the managing director Resources and Industrial Electrical and Control systems, and was accompanied by Khanya Magudulela Human Resource Manager and Gavin Taylor Chief Operations Officer of Murray & Roberts Namibia.
“The signing of the memorandum binds the two parties in the establishment and implementation of a regular attachment and internship program for Namibian trainees and trainers.”
She further stated that the suitable candidates will be selected by the NTA from a wide range of fields within the construction industry for placement at Murray & Roberts.
Nghipondoka elaborated further on Murray & Roberts’ end of the memorandum of understanding as consisting of ensuring that the scope of the attachment covers sufficient technical content and complexity.
To provide for suitably qualified supervisors to supervise and evaluate the candidates. Finally the facilitation of an induction and orientation process for candidates which Murray & Roberts has agreed will include occupational health and safety training.
Nghipondoka could not stress the importance of this endeavor enough, “job attachments make up an integral part of our vocational education and training curricula, as our trainees are required at specific stages of their training programs to gain practical work experience at relevant industry employers.”
Despite the NTA having made considerable progress in opening up job attachment opportunities for trainees from the various vocational training institutions, Nghipondoka stated that they face quite a few challenges that impede job attachment opportunities.
“Many companies take in trainees, but fail to deliver in terms of expectations as far as on the job training, evaluation and reporting are concerned,” she said.
Stressing the lack of job attachment opportunities available in the local job market, Nghipondoka called upon industry partners to support the NTA in this strategic endeavor.
Nghipondoka thanked the Murray & Roberts team for their support and shared her delight on behalf of the candidate that would be receiving attachment opportunities, “it is indeed encouraging that our trainees to be attached to your company will enjoy on the job training that is on par with global standards.”