The symposium, held under the theme “Current situation and development of further education research in vocational and training in Sub-Saharan Africa,” was opened by NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua. He said Namibia needs to take cognisance of the fact that the role VET needs to play in Namibia to achieve Vision 2030, is dependent on the quality of systems, instructors and facilities. “Professional skills alone are not adequate to churn out well-trained artisans. There is a need to train instructors in Technical Education Didactics for the effective transfer of skills,” Tjivikua added.
Ullrich Kinne, Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Namibia, underscored his country’s reputable vocational education system which he encouraged others to emulate. He emphasised the need to address challenges that hinder the growth of the sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, such as the lack of qualified staff and the high number of dropouts.
NUST is set to address the skills shortage by offering qualifications in VET Management programmes that recognise the important role managers play within Vocational Education and Training and will ensure that the skills needs of industry are addressed. These qualifications provide the students with learning experiences that will enable them to achieve the standards set in the curricula of the new NQF registered National Vocational Awards (NVA).