Eenhana VTC takes the initiative

30 May 2018 | Education

Trainees at the Eenhana Vocational Training Centre (EVTC) have commended the centre for embarking on a project of renovating government institutions and repairing their broken furniture.

They say if they start doing work like this in their first years they will be fully equipped with skills by the time they complete their training.

The Eenhana Vocational Training Centre (EVTC) in the Ohangwena Region has taken a step forward in the provision of vocational training and much-needed maintenance services.

With N$3.6 million worth of production unit facilities and more than 700 trainees, the centre is confident that it can produce skilled, determined and disciplined graduates while providing technical services to government institutions.

“By doing this through vocational institutions, we will address and prevent some of the socio-economic challenges that come with unemployment, under-employment, low income levels as well as graduates' low morale.

“This must be done alongside entrepreneurship training to identify and develop entrepreneurial abilities among the vocational graduates,” EVTC trainee Isak Shonena says.

The EVTC wants to ensure that no school or government institution has dilapidated buildings or defective plumbing, and that no child should have to sit on the floor because of a lack of desks and chairs.

According to the centre's acting manager, Isak Ndipwashimwe, the aim is to expose trainees to practical work to ensure that the centre produces job creators and not jobseekers.

He says the centre has all the necessary means: trainees who can do the work, and vehicles to transport them and their tools to wherever the project is.

“This will enable our trainees to learn skills and acquire knowledge on production and value-addition processes, so that they can contribute to our economy - be it in existing factories or by starting up their own businesses. Trainees will be supervised by experienced trainers who have experience in vocational fields,” Ndipwashimwe says.

“For the country to achieve higher levels of economic growth and address our social challenges of poverty and equality, we must work effectively and efficiently in training and skills development to achieve our vision of a skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path for the youth.”

The chief operations officer at the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), Richwell Lukonga, said the government supported such opportunities giving trainees at vocational training centres practical exposure while repairing broken furniture and carrying out maintenance work at government buildings.

“This is to be done under strict supervision. The NTA sees this as a potential avenue to provide trainees with industry experience that is going to ultimately improve their employability and hence contribute to the Namibian economy,” Lukonga said.

He said it was disheartening to see media reports of government schools and other facilities in a dilapidated state, while VTCs were equipped to renovate these buildings.

“It's is disheartening to see learners seated floor while there are heaps of frames of tables and chairs in their backyards, and while vocational training centres are equipped to refurbish these chairs and tables.

“To support our call and capacity, we have set up and equipped production units in the VTCs to do exactly these services. I am inviting members of the public to visit Eenhana and see the work the production units are doing. These units are managed by experienced industry foremen and experts in different fields,” he said.

Last year the Eenhana town council signed an agreement with the EVTC to provide experiential, on-the-job learning to students at the centre.

This month Sanlam Namibia sponsored the EVTC to renovate classrooms and repair furniture at the Haimbili Haufiku Senior Secondary School at Eenhana through its Blue Ladder programme.

ILENI NANDJATO

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