Promoting Vocational Education and Training (ProVET) in Namibia

Programme description

Title: Promotion of Vocational Education and Training (ProVET)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by: European Union (EU)
Country: Namibia
Partner: Namibia Training Authority (NTA)
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation (MHETI)
Overall term: 2018 to 2021

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Context

Namibia experienced a steady economic growth until 2015, when it encountered a sharp decline due to economic vulnerabilities and dependency on low-productivity sectors. This negatively impacted economic stability and, more severely, employment. Namibia’s youth (15-34 age group) make up 36 per cent of the total population. Defined as the “working-age group”, youth unemployment is at an all-time high, increasing from 43.4 per cent in 2016 to 46.1 per cent in 2018. The Namibian Government recognises the need to develop strategies to address this challenge. One such strategy is to improve the quality of technical, vocational education and training (TVET). It plays an important role in the country’s economic and social development agenda, as highlighted in the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP 5) and the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP). Marked progress has been recorded over the last few years in turning TVET into a demandled system. However, it still does not fully meet labour market demands, and requires further and ongoing quality improvement and expansion.

Objective

Namibia is transforming its TVET system to meet the needs of the labour market and create 
employment.

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Approach

The project focuses on ensuring that the TVET system becomes more aligned to Namibia’s labour market needs, on improving the capacities of the TVET system at all levels, and on building on the results of the predecessor project. It operates in four fields of activity:

  1. Improving the capacities of selected public and private TVET providers to offer better training courses geared to labour market demands, including the upgrading of infrastructure and equipment.
  2. Advising key stakeholders on improving core elements of the TVET system in line with Namibia’s Training Authority’s (NTA) Strategic Plan. These centres focus on three areas: (i) creating a sustainable system for trainer capacitation so they can offer better-quality and higher-level training; (ii) collaborating with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in TVET research; (iii) providing technical support to the political partner MHETI to review the National TVET Policy. 
  3. Promoting a training hub, financed by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to the tune of 8,800,000 Euros. The hub has been operational since July 2016 and works with Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) in densely populated regions with high youth unemployment and poverty. It will provide young people with increased TVET access and improve the training quality.
  4. Supporting services for trainees at VTCs to help facilitate successful transition into self-employment or employment; to improve their entrepreneurship skills and provide a training relevant through a start-up incubation course, among other activities. In addition, Liaison Officers at selected VTCs will be upskilled to improve cooperation with the industry and communicate relevant employment opportunities to trainees.
ATVET in Northern Namibia

Results

  • 524 trainees, 222 of them women, are enrolled in dual, job-integrated training programmes, which are supported in cooperation with 55 employers. Of the 31 graduates in 2020, 29 were able to keep their jobs despite the Corona crisis.
  • Technical experts have assisted the implementation of new/revised qualifications mainly in solar technology, heavy plant operation and agriculture.
  • The NTA has been supported in developing and implementing a TVET national survey of graduates from the years 2015 to 2017.
  • Construction work to expand training facilities at some existing VTCs is ongoing.
  • An eLearning platform (Moodle) has been launched.
  • Three VTCs have received extensive rebranding (new visual identity) to improve the image of TVET.
  • More then 53 trainers/instructors have completed certified/labour-market oriented further qualifications.
  • An incubation programme will support more than 25 graduates to open their own businesses and start self employment in 2021.
  • A CIM position for the TVET Faculty at the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) will be established from June 2021 for a minimum of two years to support the development of the TVET system, curriculum design and research on the Namibian TVET sector.


Last update: March 2021

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