ONGWEDIVA – State-owned vocational training centres have plans to explore the training possibilities and its readiness in the oil and gas sector to develop skills amongst its trainees.
According to the mayor of Outapi, Selma Asino, at the gathering that was attended by various stakeholders within the oil industry at Nakayale VTC, the event serves as a platform for knowledge exchange where experts can discuss emerging trends, challenges and opportunities in the oil and gas sector.
“The topics shed light on the critical aspects such as the type of skills that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) can develop to respond to the oil and gas industry, environmental conservation and how different stakeholders can contribute to these endeavours,” said Asino.
Asino further indicated that the discovery of oil and gas in Namibia presents tremendous opportunities for TVET institutions because such institutions play a vital role in equipping the workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in a dynamic industry.
The mayor urged all TVET institutions to embrace the challenge of preparing the youth for the promising careers that await them in the oil and gas sector.
“By enhancing their programmes, forging partnerships with industry leaders and incorporating relevant industry practices into their curriculum, TVET institutions can ensure that our workforce is not only skilled but also well prepared to contribute to the growth and success of this vital sector. Let us empower our TVET institutions to become centres of excellence that nurture talent, fosters innovation, and fuel the engine of progress in the oil and gas industry. Together we can create a robust pipeline of skilled professionals who will drive our country’s development and prosperity for generations to come,” said Asino.
Petrofund CEO, Nillian Mulemi indicated that lack of support towards TVET institutions leads to challenges such as lack of competent skills at all levels, delayed rollout of projects and high cost of project rollout. It could also lead to failure to meet local content requirements and being unable to meet or manage the expectations of countries as well as frequent labour unrests and mistrust.
“Areas of immediate enhancement is the training of TVET oil and gas trainers, which will bring short-term and long-term plans for collaboration. We will ramp up oil and gas specialised skills and accredited safety programmes. We are open to engage in opportunities for deploying graduates to secure experience in the industry,” said Mulemi.
She further said they are supporting institutions with software, equipment, laboratory and industry experts to assist in training and ultimately localising training.
According to Zambezi VTC manager, Richard Kambinda, TVET plays a crucial role in fostering economic growth, reducing unemployment, and addressing specific skills gaps within a workforce.
“TVET programmes in Namibia offer young people opportunities to acquire practical skills, giving them a pathway to employment and reducing youth unemployment. TVET institutions collaborate closely with industries, ensuring that training programmes align with current market needs, resulting in better jobs for graduates,” said Kambinda.