Vocational training levy shelved for now

26 Aug 2013 11:00

The Board of Directors of the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) today announced that the proposed Vocational Education and Training (VET) levy will no longer be implemented on 1 September this year.

A statement by the NTA reads that the new date will be communicated to all stakeholders after the Minister of Education (David Namwandi) announces a final framework for the implementation of the VET levy.

The institution states that despite the intention of the minister to impose the levy which was announced in the Government Gazette of 11 April, 2013, affected employers and employees were invited to make presentations to the minister within 30 days.

The submissions were evaluated by the National Training Fund Council, a sub-committee of the NTA Board of Directors for submission to the actual board.

The board after its meeting on 26 June, made recommendations to the Minister of Education under which they underlined a few points before the minister announces it through a second notice in the Government Gazette.

In the recommendations, the description of the employers who must pay the VET levy must first be outlined, while the rate and manner of calculation to determine it must also be clarified.

It also recommends that the date/s within which the levy is payable, must also be determined, while a description of the body to which they levy must be paid and the required manner of payment be explained.

It says that the board underlines that only after publication of the second notice can a final implementation date for the VET levy be established and shared with the affected employers.