28 Jan 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JAN (NAMPA) - The acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) says all eligible employers country-wide should register with the NTA as Vocational Education and Training (VET) levy paying employers.
The registration process is necessary in order for the NTA to implement the VET levy on 01 April 2014. The levy is payable by every eligible employer with an annual payroll of N.dollars 1 million or more as per Section 35 of the VET Act.
The VET levy requires affected employers to make a monthly contribution to the NTAs National Training Fund (NTF), which is to apply such funds towards up-skilling and training Namibians in key national priority training and occupation areas.
Acting NTA CEO Ester Nghipondoka, who was speaking at a media briefing in the capital on Tuesday, said the registration process commenced on Monday and will end on 27 February 2014.
She added that in line with its strategic objective as per its current five-year strategic plan, the NTA has set up the necessary infrastructure and systems to support an efficient and convenient online registration process.
Eligible employers can register through the NTA's official website at www.nta.com.na and where online registration may not be possible, registration forms can be collected from the NTA head office in Khomasdal or downloaded from its website for completion and submission.
Nghipondoka noted that a customer care centre and toll-free number have been set up to assist eligible employers and ensure a smooth registration process.
Meanwhile, the acting CEO said employers who are exempted from payment of the VET levy include the State, Regional Councils as defined in the Regional Councils Act of 1992, charitable organisations, public education institutions and not-for-gain and faith-based organisations.
The VET levy is a step in the right direction for our country, she said, adding that it is aligned with the country's expectations under the fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 2030.
Vision 2030 highlights the importance of skills and skills development in the quest for sustained economic growth, she noted.
Nghipondoka said it is also aligned with the country's objectives to reduce income inequality, fight poverty, enhance economic competitiveness, support quality education and grow the country's manufacturing industry.
Meanwhile, the General Manager of the NTAs National Training Fund, Joseph Mukendwa stressed that any company or institution may apply to the Minister of Education for consideration for exemption.
He made it clear that those companies that do not make contributions to the VET levy on a monthly basis will receive a penalty of 10 per cent interest.
He explained that the monthly contribution to the fund will boost training opportunities as currently, the majority of VET programmes are underfunded and very costly.