TVET competition takes skills to next level


The National Skills Competition serves as a platform to select the competitors to represent Namibia at the next World Skills International (WSI) competition at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in 2017. Following their exposure at the recent National Skills competition, these chefs have set their sights on Abu Dhabi. (Photograph by David Adetona)
The first National Skills Competition and Expo saw many skilled young Namibians and exhibitors participating in the recent event to promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training. The three-day competition was held at the former Ramatex factory in Windhoek.
At the official opening, the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Sara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said “I am a staunch supporter of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (or TVET for short) as a means to refocus our education and training system to the fulfilment of our social and economic aspirations and to bring about a more diversified, knowledge-based economy.”
“We are well aware that TVET can play a dynamic role in addressing many of our current concerns, such as underemployment and unemployment – in particular of young people – poverty and deprivation. Indeed, technical and vocational skills are vital to make inroads on poverty reduction, economic recovery and sustainable development” she stated.
“We also recognize the role of TVET in promoting cultural diversity and in ensuring the transmission of local knowledge and skills between generations, thus fostering human centred development and the need to consider TVET in relation to the specific country context, while recognizing its universal dimension.”
“Yet, despite these convincing benefits, in Namibia we are currently facing a situation where school-leavers decide to enrol in TVET institutions only if they do not qualify for senior secondary or higher education” the Prime Minister pointed out.
“There are, however, also problems associated with the delivery of TVET in Namibia. In its current form, the system is perceived negatively with poor articulation with labour market demands and contributing sub-optimally towards our socio-economic development needs. There remain significant skill gaps in the workforce, limiting the ability of the country to diversify the economy, while the output of TVET, at times, fall short of the market requirements.”
“As a consequence, policy attention to TVET should be stepped up. The TVET sub-sector needs to address both the formal and informal sector in relation to employment, and the professional capacity of TVET Educators” stated the Prime Minister.