Assessment College undertook the recruitment of the prospective learners in three Namibian newspapers. The screening shortlisting and selection interviews were done by Assessment College and a final list of 195 learners was submitted to the Steering Committee of the Namibian Training Authority for the project.
A group of 24 candidates were selected to follow a course in coaching and mentoring learners. After a very successful training session the group of mentors were guided in the implementation of the trainee Achievement Portfolio for the course on level 4 and 5. The Mentors played a very important role in the completion of the portfolio during the home phases.
The training was presented in three venues in Windhoek. The training was spread over 5 blocks of training sessions in one week. The training was facilitated by 5 senior facilitators from Assessment College. Learners had to complete their portfolios during the home phase between the training blocks. They were assisted by the mentors.
The training was finalised with a final summative assessment presentation in front of a panel of the expertise from the NTA and Assessment College. The learners were issued with an ETDPSETA accredited certificate in ODETDP level 5.
Three programme components were identified
- Increasing access to relevant quality skills training
- Easing the training-to-work transition for marginalised youth and
- Supporting transformative micro and small enterprise to grow and create jobs
- Determine hard and soft skills for master craftsmen
- Select appropriate institutions to provide training for master craftsmen
- Design vocational training course for marginalized youth
- Develop foundation skills training in basic literacy and numeracy for marginalized youth
- Design and set up certification of trade related course and apprentices
- Develop a training curriculum to train community based career counsellors to provide effective career counselling to provide effective career counselling to marginalised youths
- Work with the National Board for technical Education (NBTE) to develop appropriate certification for apprenticeships training