History of Windhoek Vocational Training Centre (WVTC)

History of Windhoek Vocational Training Centre (WVTC)

Windhoek Vocational Training Centre (WVTC)

WVTC – History

A feasibility study conducted on a proposed project by the Otto Benecke Foundation on behalf of the German Government.

The Otto Benecke Foundation is commissioned to implement the project and founded the Otto Benecke Foundation Namibia (VTCN). The project, initiated four years before independence, became the first foreign development investment in Namibia.

After initial pilot phase, training begins in rented buildings. At the same time the physical infrastructure for a training centre is erected.

The buildings of the VTCN are completed; the equipment installed and training is initiated at full capacity with 120 trainees.

The official opening of the training centre conducted by the former Honourable Minister of Labour and Human Resources Development, Reverend H. Witbooi and the former Honourable Minister of Economic Co-operation of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr J.Warnke. The first trainees graduated in this year.

The governments of Namibia and Germany sign an agreement making the VTCN part and parcel of the official bilateral technical co-operation. After transfer of the VTCN to the Namibian government in December, the MLHRD takes over responsibility for the training centre.

The VTCN is renamed “Windhoek Vocational Training Centre” and receives its official constitution in February. The Namibian National Training Organisation (Pty) Ltd replaces the OBFN as holding company. During bilateral consultations the German government commits itself to further support of the Namibia vocational training system and the WVTC.

The number of vocational programmes increased from five to eight early in the year, incorporating three trades in electrical engineering.

Federal Republic of Germany expresses its willingness to continue assistance until March 1997. The Ministry of Higher Education, Vocational Training, Science and Technology took over responsibilities.

WVTC conducted training to full capacity; Intake 1996 = 128 trainees in 8 trades, Total number of trainees = 290.

Based on the findings of a joint project review both Governments agreed to extend the assistance for three years up to March 2000. Intake 1997 = 141 trainees in 9 trades, Total number of trainees = 410.

First group of “Apprentices” successfully completed their “Level-four training” at the end of August. Intake 1998 = 112 trainees in 9 trades. In March 1998 the second and in November the third group of “Apprentices” completed their “Level-four training”.

An additional trade, Boiler Maker was added to the WVTC courses, therefore the total number of trades offered at the centre increases to ten. Intake 1999 = 137 trainees in 10 trades, Total No. of trainees = 375. Another group of ‘Apprentices” completed their “Level-four training” in this year.

One more trade Welder & Fabrication is added to the WVTC courses, (Total = 11 trades). Basic and advanced computer courses are introduced at the WVTC.

Training for Machine Operators in Textile and Garment manufacturing conducted in conjunction with RAMATEX

German government agreed to support WVTC to adapt to the requirements of CBET (follow-up period – 3 years)

A CBET Implementation Unit (CIU) was established at WVTC to facilitate effective Project Implementation and Coordination

Second Tracer study was conducted. Building commences on new workshops for the Electrical General, Air-conditioning and refrigeration, Plumbing and pipefitting and Radio and Television installation trades.

CIU undertook extensive research on Automechanic companies in 11 regions in the country – 122 companies visited

CIU undertook extensive research on Joiner Cabinet Maker companies in 11 regions in the country.

Junior Computer Technician and Microsoft Soft Office Specialist courses were introduced.

International Computer Drivers License course was introduced.