Companies fail in job attachments: Kandjii-Murangi

09 Feb 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) - Although many companies take in trainees on job attachments, they fail to deliver in terms of on-the-job training, evaluation and reporting.
This was said by the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Itah Kandjii-Murangi in a speech read on her behalf during the handing over of equipment and tools from the Namibia Training Authority to the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre (WVTC) here on Tuesday.
Kandjii-Murangi added that local companies continue to view Namibia’s vocational training centres as sub-standard, despite such centres conforming to stringent national quality assurance requirements.
“It is also true that some industry employers are reluctant to offer trainees job attachments because of expectations that trainees will have to be paid allowances,” she noted.
The minister said there are not enough job attachment opportunities available in the local training market and called upon all industry partners to come on board and to support the vocational training institutions.
“The real test of success for our country's vocational education and training sector is the employability of the graduates. Therefore, I encourage you to become meaningful partners in our quest to deliver graduates of high calibre whose skills will allow them to add value to any employer.”
Job attachments make up an integral part of the vocational and technical training curriculum as trainees are required to gain practical work experience at relevant industry employers under both the modular approach and competency-based education and training.
Such opportunities are of extreme importance as they substantially increase the chances of graduates finding employment.
Kandjii-Murangi further noted that job attachments also allow trainees an opportunity to make contact with recruiters, which can later be used to negotiate full-time employment while it boosts self-confidence and entrepreneurship and creates positive attitudes.
The equipment and tools donated include auto-electric, auto-mechanic and welding equipment procured at a cost of N.dollars 897 175; joinery and carpentry equipment worth N.dollars 500 715; and bricklaying and plastering equipment worth N. dollars 112 432.
The equipment also include general tools worth N.dollars 143 008.