News Article/AnnouncementMore than 1 000 Namibians to receive skills training 18 Jul 2012
On 18 July 2012, MCA Namibia and the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) signed grant agreements to the value of N$ 22.2 million with nine vocational training providers in the country. The funds will be used to train 1,320 Namibians from disadvantaged backgrounds in various high priority fields over the next two years.
Drs Eline van der Linden (Deputy CEO Programme Implementation, MCA-N) congratulates grant recipient Althea van Wyk, who runs a Business and Community Centre in the capital. In the background from left to right: Franz Gertze (NTA Board of Directors) and Richwell Lukonga (Acting CEO of NTA)
Franz Gertze from the NTA Board of Directors thanked the American government for their continued support through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and MCA Namibia. According to Gertze, the importance of vocational training cannot be overemphasised and he quoted Chinese philosopher Confucius in saying, “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day – Teach a man how to fish and feed him for a lifetime.”
MCC Resident Country Director Oliver Pearson highlighted that the grants are specifically designed to help young Namibians who could otherwise not afford training. Pearson was pleased with the outcome of the selection of training providers and was full of praise for the Namibia Training Authority: “The NTA is heralding in a new era of demand-driven, competency-based training, and we are very proud to be part of it.”
Oliver Pierson, Millennium Challenge Corporation Resident Country Director encouraging the grants reciepient to work hard.
The selected training facilities were nominated from a list of accredited Namibian institutions based on their capacity to offer training in high priority areas, such as office administration, automotive mechanics, water care, cooking and housekeeping.
The nine training providers benefiting from the MCA Namibia grant
Althea’s Business Training and Community Centre N$ 266,000