IT is important for young people to find a profession and ideally also a passion for what they do in life.
During the unveiling ceremony of a new brand of the Valombola Vocational Training Centre in Ongwediva on Wednesday, the Oshana Regional Governor, Elia Irimari said that the learning of skills for the youth is important, not just to make a living, but also to find a profession that they can practice with passion.
Irimari stated that the brand unveiling ceremony today serves as a demonstration of the great partnership between the Namibian Government; our development partners, namely the European Union and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany; and our implementing partners, namely the Namibia Training Authority and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, (GIZ).
According to the governor, a strong brand goes hand in hand with elevating the needs of the youth. He said the partners in the grand rebranding project need to be applauded.
“I implore you to take full ownership of this and institution and its new brand,” he said.
Speaking at the same occasion European Union delegation to Namibia representative Herve Rousseau said the step took by VVTC is aimed at recognising TVET as a major sector of socio-economic development.
Since 2015, the EU has been supporting TVET with a total contribution of N$ 140 million.
“This support is aimed at improving the national TVET system so that it can equine young people with relevant skills required by the labour market and that also fulfil their professional expectation,” he said.
Valombola Vocational Training Centre head, Hinandjovo Muashekele said the centre was established in 1979 had only 51 male trainers in 5 occupational areas.
To-date, Muashekele stated that the VTC has 12 occupational areas with an average of 200 trainers per semester which results to 400 new trainers per year.
According to him, they have a total of 1 300 trainers per semester.
“Our number might increase by 20% due to the construction that is taking place. We have competent personnel of 92 members,” he said.
Muashekele added that their passing average rate stands at 68%, but have a target of 80%. While their graduation rate stands at 75% from each intake.