16 Jan 2018 17:00pm
WALVIS BAY, 16 JAN (NAMPA) - The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) to assist students in obtaining practical skills.
The agreement will see students from vocational training centres across the country, coming to Namport for internships in different fields such as marine operators, engineers, deck officers, welders and electricians.
The NTA administers vocational centres at Windhoek, Okakarara, Ongwediva and Nkurenkuru.
At the signing ceremony, NTA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jerry Beukes said the agreement forms part of the NTAs 15-year strategic plan to increase the number of students receiving attachments. He added that there are currently 25 000 students who go for internships every year and the plan is to double this figure in the next 15 years.
Beukes said the idea is that the agreement will also provide an opportunity for trainers at the vocational centres to go back into the industry and gain exposure to fresh knowledge and the latest technology that they can then impart to their trainees.
Some of our trainers have been in the classrooms and workshops for many years, as such exposure of this nature is crucial to them, he said.
The CEO said it is the responsibility of the NTA to diversify their courses to ensure that graduates meet the current industry requirements.
This also implies that we must begin to train at high levels on the national qualifications framework, he added.
The CEO of Namport, Bisey /Uirab added that as a key role player in the transport and logistics industry in Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa, Namport continuously strives to contribute to development.
Given the increasing trends of skills scarcity, and an aging skilled segment in the maritime industry coupled with limitations to train staff locally, largely due to industry specialisation, collaboration with reputable training partners such as NTA becomes imperative for Namport, /Uirab said.