In southern Africa, the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) has collaborated with GIZ to bring the Etango project into existence that will provide renewable energy installations coaching to students at the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre.
According to local media the Namibian, the project consists of a small wooden house with a solar photovoltaic and solar water heating system on the roof that will be used to train installation and maintenance students.
Namibia lagging behind – GIZ
These artisans will then form part of the project to train others in the country and contribute to the transfer of skills in solar energy, media reported.
It is reported that GIZ project team leader for integrated consultants, Christoph Heil, highlighted that Namibia is still behind when it comes to expertise in the manufacturing, installation as well as the maintenance of solar energy equipment and accessories, of which this project is targeting to close the skills gap.
“One of the project’s objectives is to develop and implement training programmes in the area of renewable energy,” Heil explained
The media reported that similar projects have also been set up at other vocational training centres at Ongwediva, Rundu, Eenhana and Arandis.
Namibian Vocational Education Training (VET) instructors, learners and industry participants are reported to have implemented the building and installation of solar heating equipment on the “solar huts” to capacitate them with project planning and other skills in regard of the technologies used.
NTA chief operations officer Richwell Lukonga noted in a speech the need to ensure that VET in Namibia remains current as it serves no purpose to continue training on out-dated methodologies and practices that are no longer in line with what is required by the Namibian industrial sectors.
Lukonga said, “Before we embark on any training interventions, we need to invest in training interventions that are aligned with the needs of the industry and which reflect the ongoing changes in our industries.”