OKAHANDJA: National water supplier NamWater on Wednesday inaugurated its expanded training centre at its Human Resources Development Centre (HRDC) near Okahandja.
The centre has been providing training for NamWater employees since 1998, and in a welcome development now also offers computer training for members of the public.
Significant improvements have been made to the HRDC, which now boasts 25 computers compared to the previous nine computers used for internal training. It has the capacity to accommodate up to 30 computers.
Speaking at the inauguration, NamWater Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Vaino Shivute said the water supplier’s mandate stretches further than providing bulk water, saying it also has the responsibility to provide vocational training to talented individuals in society and to provide internal and external training to its staff members as part of its educational development and skills enhancement component.
Dr Shivute said it is “by design and not coincidence” that NamWater decided to extend the operations of the training centre as the company is committed to creating an industrialised society and a knowledge-based economy. By doing this, it also contributes to Vision 2030, he said.
“Information and Communication Technology is destined to shape our future, thus the need for NamWater to provide training through this centre,” he said.
The management of the training centre is in the process of registering the centre with the International Computer Driver’s Licence (ICDL) foundation in South Africa. This would enable the centre to be used as an ICDL training facility for both NamWater staff and the community at large.
The HRDC is a vocational training centre registered with the Ministry of Education. It focuses on formal vocational training and vocational skills upgrading, as well as short courses in information technology and general management.