As a company, NamWater has the responsibility towards the society under which it serves. The company attaches great value to training. The Government has prioritized vocational training because countries are developed by people with practical skills from Vocational Training Institutions. For this reason, NamWater has a training centre in Okahandja known as Human Resources Development Centre (HRDC). Government provides funds through the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) to build up skills for the economy. Young people are being enrolled every year at the HRDC to receive training in different trades such as water artisans, mechanics, electricians and many other skills that are needed in our economy. Thus, the company takes pride in training for the nation. We invite young people all over the country to look out for enrollment advertisements every year.
BURSARIES AND JOB ATTACHMENTS
Every year NamWater finances students to study at tertiary institutions in Namibia and the SADEC Region. Bursaries are awarded in fields such as Engineering, Finances, Human Resources etc. The graduants return to NamWater every holiday to gain work experience and upon graduation the company involves them in an in-serve training program for 2 to 3 years. When the trainee students complete this program, they can take up job offers in the company or look for other opportunities in the Namibian economy. The company also offer opportunities to students who are trained by other companies so that they gain work experience or to enable such students to complete their studies.
NamWater recruits young professionals through the bursary program. They are developed, groomed and coached into professionals who will add value to the operations of Namibia in General and NamWater in particular. Since NamWater inception, the company has successfully offered a total of 108 bursaries to students who pursued their studies in various fields. In 2018, NamWater has 13 students under the NamWater bursary scheme. The pie below reflects the number and various fields of studies undertaken by NamWater young professionals:
NamWater has spent a total of sixteen million three hundred eleven thousand nine hundred eighty-eight (N$16,311,988) since the inception of the program.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
NamWater also invests in vocational training and development. The Water Utility has its own training centre called Human Resources Training Centre (HRDC) located at the S Von Bach premises, 15 km outside Okahandja town. HRDC is a National Vocational Training Centre, which is registered with the Ministry of Education. It focuses on formal vocational training and vocational skills upgrading as well as short courses on information technology and general management.
The HRDC provides vocational training towards artisanship in the following trades:
- Water Care
- Treatment Plumbing
- Pipe Fitting Auto
- Diesel Mechanic
- General Carpentry
- Joinery Operator
- Office Administration
- Heavy duty and plant operator
- Other Various Short Courses
Admission is normally done on the first Monday of February of each year. A candidate for any certificate towards artisanship should be in possession of at least:
- A Grade 12 or 10 certificate with passes in Math & Science
- Pass an aptitude test for the particular trade
- Has a sponsor who will finance his/her studies (apply for a grant)
HRDC also caters for the training needs of NamWater and other employers. Employers who want their employees trained to qualify as artisans or to attend short courses an any areas mentioned above should simply contact NamWater at the contacts given.
APPLICATION FORMS INTAKE FOR 2019
Application forms for enrollment can be downloaded on NamWater Website.
LODGING AND MEALS
The HRDC provides accommodation to vocational trainees against payment. An independent caterer provides meals to the trainees against payment too. Arrangements for meals are strictly between the caterer and the trainees.
BURSARIES AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING ENQUIRIES
Any enquiries regarding bursaries or vocational training can be directed to NamWater’s Corporate Communication Division in Windhoek. The number is 00264 61 71 00 00
MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING
NamWater understands that the Water Utility needs capable managers who are able to supervise employees to accomplish company goals and leaders who are able to influence, motivate and enable the same employees to contribute towards organisational success. For this purpose, the Water Utility has an ongoing training program at the University of Cape Town for its management team.