Better technical institutions and industry collaboration needed
31 August 2021 | Education
Tim Parkhouse; Former NEF SG; “Line managers need to know how to handle an apprentice.”
The Centre for Development Foundation (COSDEF) recently hosted a breakfast meeting with stakeholders at their centre in Swakopmund.
Speaking at the event, the former secretary general of the Namibia Employers’ Federation (NEF), Tim Parkhouse, said that there needs to be cooperation as well as sincere and clear communication between training establishments and the industry so that workers can obtain the necessary skills.
“If you have this, you will go somewhere and we will have something for this country, which we need,” he said.
He added that companies should spend time to train new employees so that they can gain new skills.
“Line managers need to know how to handle an apprentice,” he said.
The event executive director of the ministry of higher education, Dr Raimo Naanda, stated that the population of young people is increasing.
“Our two institutions are not able to take in these young people. Our challenge will be for TVET (technical and vocational education and training) institutions to absorb them.”
Raimo said that statistics show that there are over 34 000 persons who are enrolled in technical vocational institutions countrywide.
“For the National Development Goal 6 (NDP6), we want to double this number,” he said.
COSDEF is set to host a short course from Tuesday, 31 August, to Thursday, 2 September, where trainees will be taught about the importance of customer care.
According to the COSDEF national arts & crafts coordinator, Michelle //Inixas, apart from this short course training, the centre also aspires to launch their online shop and to obtain a fair-trade registration for the institution.