NamWater to train heavy plant operators

29 Sep 2016 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia will from next year train people as heavy plant operators.
The training will be offered by the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) for a period of 12 months, with the support of the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), Roads Contractor Company (RCC), and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
NTA's Acting Chief Operations Officer Richwell Lukonga said during the announcement Tuesday such operators are needed, especially in the roads, logistics and mining sectors.
They operate plant/equipment such as backhoe and front-end loaders, and excavators.
“It is an area that requires our immediate focus to grow the number of qualified Namibian operators. However, we are hampered in this regard, because currently, there are no registered institutions offering training in this field,” he noted.
Lukonga explained that as part of the agreement, the NTA, through the National Training Fund (NTF), will allocate N.dollars 14.8 million over the next two years for heavy plant, capital works and equipment.
The total capital requirement is N.dollars 21.5 million to start the training in Namibia.
The NTA will also provide funding for the annual operational costs to train at least 20 heavy plant operators to Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) Level Three standard, as guided by the unit costs, which currently stands at about N.dollars 60 000 per trainee.
NamWater Chief Executive Officer Vaino Shivute said the training will be conducted by NamWater’s Human Resources Development Centre (HRDC) with an intake of 20 students for level one for a period of 12 months.
NamWater, through the agreement, will construct hostel accommodation valued at N.dollars 3 million and a practical training area (roads and pits) estimated at N.dollars 80 000.
The water utility will also construct a student canteen, administrative offices, lecture rooms and a hall for maintenance and repairs.