Vocational training gets hefty boost from EU

The European Union and the government, represented by the National Planning Commission signed three Financing Agreements with a combined value of N$225 million this week
The funds are going to be used for vocational education and training, a support programme to the National Authorising Officer, and a Technical Cooperation Facility.
These agreements are part of a first financing decision under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) in favour of Namibia. These support programmes have been identified and formulated in line with Namibia’s own development priorities as outlined in the 4th National Development Plan and corresponds with the Joint EU Response Strategy for Namibia.
The three programmes will cover the support to vocational education and training. This programme will contribute to increasing access to and improving the quality and relevance of vocational education and training (VET).
The Namibia Training Authority will be the main beneficiary and implementing partner. The programme is set to establish a training hub, comprising a cluster of existing vocational training centres in the north namely Valombola, Eenhana and Nakayale.
The other Support programme for the National Authorising Officer/National Planning Commission (NAO/NPC) will address key capacity constraints confronting the NAO/NPC.
The programme will strengthen the capacity of its officers to undertake the tasks associated with programme implementation. Moreover, the EU will assist the NPC in its overall responsibility of monitoring and evaluating multi-annual national development plans.
Furthermore, the Technical Cooperation Facility will provide technical assistance for studies, analyses and other activities, including the organisation and facilitation of conferences, seminars, workshops and training sessions. With these the EU funding will support the preparation and implementation of the actions financed under the 11th EDF.
In March 2013, in line with the objective to enhance the effectiveness and impact of European development cooperation, the EU partners present in Namibia agreed on a Joint EU Response Strategy for Namibia, which EU and Member States adhere to when preparing bilateral programmes.