15 Mar 2018 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAR (NAMPA) The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI) to align training service offering with the labour market demand.
Signing on behalf of the NTA, its Chief Executive Officer Jerry Beukes explained that one of the key areas of cooperation under the agreement is that of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
RPL serves those individuals who possess experience and skills, but do not have the relevant formal qualifications and who wish to obtain recognition for the experience and skills they possess.
He explained that RPL and its important role in certifying competent, skilled and experienced technical and vocational practitioners, is recognised and leveraged in the technical and vocational skills development objectives of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) which sets a target of 2 000 candidates to be certified during its first year (2016/17).
Beukes said three RPL assessment rounds were conducted thus far and in total, 3 631 RPL assessment applications in 29 different occupational areas were received, of which altogether 1 514 candidates were assessed and of which 852 (56 per cent) were certified.
Furthermore, altogether 58 subject matter experts from both public and private sectors within different industrial areas have been certified as RPL assessors and mentors to support future assessment rounds at centres countrywide.
The RPL support and assessment services are now open to members of trade union affiliates under the National Union of Namibian Workers, he added.
On his part, LaRRI Director Michael Akuupa said the agreement will enable those who have been retrenched due to the hard economic times to be retrained and their prior knowledge to various traders recognised.
He said the RPL programme will address the plight of about 66 per cent of people that are informally employed in Namibia.
This will take us further if we have their skills certified accordingly, he stressed.
The agreement also makes provision for a framework within which both parties can develop and undertake collaborative programmes in the areas of research and vocational education and training.
It further makes provision for the facilitation and coordination of work-integrated learning activities with companies and within industry sectors and the placement of trainees in industry through job attachment, apprenticeships and RPL.