Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, who spoke during the ongoing National Skills Competition for Vocational Education and Training in Windhoek, said there is significant skill gaps that limit the country’s ability to diversify the economy.
Namibia’s Industrial Policy, the PM said, calls for the implementation of the principles of lifelong learning and the creation of flexible pathways between different educational systems and between various levels of learning.
“The policy further suggests that we must acquire the competences needed for engaging in the labour market and that we promote internships,” she added.
As such, the government, she said, also wants to improve the quality of vocational education training nationwide, and speed up vocational training refunds to the private sector that trains workers.
“We are well aware that training and vocational education can play a dynamic role in addressing many of our current concerns, such as underemployment and unemployment, poverty and deprivation,” added the PM.
According to her, training and vocational education promoting cultural diversity and ensures the transmission of local knowledge and skills between generations, thus fostering human centered development.
Despite these convincing benefits, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said training and vocational education is perceived to have poor articulation regarding the labour market demands.
As a consequence, she said, there is need to step up policy attention to ensure the vocational education can address both the formal and informal sector in relation to employment. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana