Invest in vocational training to import more money: VVTC

07 Feb 2017 18:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia should invest in vocational training to build towards a future where the country imports less products and brings in more money, VVTC Head of Career Programmes, Fredrick Nghiwewelekwa has said.
Nghiwewelekwa said this on Monday during the opening of the Valombola Vocational Training Centre (VVTC)’s 2017 academic year here on Monday.
“Our most gainful jobs are occupied by foreigners, not because we do not want them, but because we do not have enough skills to do these jobs,” he said.
Nghiwewelekwa said there could also be a drop in Namibia’s unemployment rate if the youth’s skills in vocational areas are developed through such practical training centres to meet the demand at home and abroad.
“Namibia’s raw materials such as diamonds and uranium and even fish are processed in more developed countries, creating employment in those countries instead, but we have the ability to change this by enabling and equipping the youth with the skills to provide these services and manufacturing things ourselves.”
The VVTC is the biggest of all VTCs around the country, with one campus in Ongwediva and another in Oshakati.
It has close to 1 000 trainees in the technical and commercial trades offered and 88 staff members.
The institution also introduced a course in boiler making this year.
VVTC Centre Manager, Titus Malangu said they managed to complete a number of improvements to the centre in 2016 with funding assistance from the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) in cooperation with the German Government.
“We managed to renovate the hostel and gave the campus a new landscape, as well as the Oshakati Guest Hotel belonging to the institution, at which hospitality and tourism students do their internship training,” said Malangu.
He said that despite all improvements, the campus is still faced with a shortage of hostel accommodation that currently caters for only 300 students.
Malangu noted that trainees’ performance is average, but there is room for improvement.
“The institution will have to introduce more measures to improve training and academic results of the VVTC.”
He said they are looking into expanding, and groundwork is expected to commence in April.