To date, 107 candidates have graduated from this programme.
The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi, commended this achievement and said she would like to see an increase in the number of graduates. “We are indeed making progress,even though, at this pace, it will take us a long time before we make a meaningful impact on the challenges of poverty eradication and inequality, which are urgent and critical,” Kandjii-Murangi said. She pleaded for a roll-out of a larger programme.
The initiative was started in 2005 after various industry stakeholders realised that the lack of training was hampering the growth of the Logistics and Transport sector. The dual training concept, which is a combination of practical and theoretical training, was then introduced, enabling employees to work and study simultaneously. The practical part of the programme consists of on-the-job training whilst theory training entails attending classes in business administration at the CED.
The German Development Cooperation (GIZ) contributed significantly to the growth of this programme, particularly because the dual training concept is one of the cornerstones of the German economy. The German Ambassador to Namibia, Christian Schlaga, said he was pleased to see that the seed that his government had sown has blossomed into a successful self-sustainable initiative.
The Chairperson of CATS, Patrick Kohlstaedt, said despite the many success stories, some challenges still remained. “Unfortunately, the quality of new entrants is weak, especially in Mathematics and English. We appeal to primary and secondary education institutions, as well as parents, to increase their efforts in providing support for learners to thrive,” he said.
Dr Gert Günzel, NUST Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Finance and Administration, announced that plans are underway to upgrade the qualification to a diploma registerable on the National Qualifications Framework, Level 6.