Vocational students graduate in Zambezi

09 Oct 2016 16:50pm
KATIMA MULILO, 09 OCT (NAMPA) – A total of 214 students of the Zambezi Vocational Training Centre (ZVTC) graduated in different courses on Friday.
The students graduated in vocation trades such as bricklaying and plastering; clothing production; hospitality and tourism; joinery and carpentry; office administration; plumbing and pipe fitting; and welding and metal fabrication.
Speaking at the occasion, Zambezi Regional Governor Lawrence Sampofu commended the education ministry and Namibia Training Authority for initiating vocational training, saying it is the answer to empowering people with knowledge, values and skills.
He said vocational education is steadily emerging as a global front-runner in driving national development agendas.
“Vocational education training is designed to prepare individuals for a vocation or a specialised occupation, and so is directly linked with a nation’s productivity and competitiveness,” said Sampofu.
He said under the Harambee Prosperity Plan’s goals and outcomes, there is a desire that vocational education training will increase from 15 000 qualified trainers to 25 000 by the year 2020.
The governor also pointed out that there is need to improve the quality and image of vocational education training because not everybody is an academic.
Sampofu said feasibility studies are being done for the expansion of all public vocational training centres, including the ZVTC, where new agricultural courses will soon be introduced.
“These expansions will not come into reality without enough land. I want to thank the Zambezi Regional Council, which is considering allocating land to ZVTC for the new agricultural courses in vocational education training. What is left is the official letter so development can start.”
He called on unemployed youth to submit their applications at vocational training centres so they can be equipped with skills to help them better their lives and those of their families.