NAMIBIA needs strong training institutions to impart skills on the youth if the country is to achieve development initiatives such as the Harambee Prosperity Plan, National Development Plans and Vision 2030.
Ohangwena governor Walde Ndevashiya made these remarks on Friday during his familiarisation visit to the privately-owned Ongha Vocational Training Centre in the Ohangwena Constituency and Ongenga Technical College in the Ongenga Constituency.
Ndevashiya stated that developmental plans will be achieved only when the people, especially the youth, are trained to acquire the skills needed to drive the development agenda.
“Vocational training centres (VTCs) are some of the key institutions in the training of the young people to be able to develop the country and create self-employment and employment opportunities for others,” he said.
He also encouraged the youth to take vocational training serious, while at the same time appealed to both the public and private sector to create a conducive environment for VTCs to continue moulding professionals.
Ndevashiya at the same time dismissed the notion that vocational training is only for the formal education rejects, adding that it is vocational education graduates, such as bricklayers, carpenters, electricians and engineers, who are spearheading development in the world.
Ongha Vocational Training Centre director, Titus Malangu, said the centre was initiated in 2018 and has since the first intake in 2019 enrolled 77 trainees for auto-mechanic, electrical general and welding, as well as metal fabrication.
The centre currently has 14 staff members.
Founder of the Ongenga Technical College, Elia Haufiku, on his part indicated that the situation is similar at his centre.
“We started the centre in September 2019 with the money I generated from the sale of my private car, and from there we bought our training materials and paid rental fee with the money from our personal pockets and student fees,” Haufiku explained.
The centre currently has seven trainees in three-level joinery and welding and metal fabrication courses.
Both centres are using Namibia Industrial Development Agency (NIDA) buildings as their training venues and Grade 10 and 12 are the current requirement for training at the two training centres.