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The Namibia Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) is the national umbrella body for the Community Skills Development Centres (COSDECs). It is a registered trust, governed by a Board of Trustees. The Secretariat is the Support Unit (SU) that administers and implements approved programmes. The role of the SU is to maintain quality standards, through the provision of administrative and financial assistance, as well as professional advice and guidance to the COSDECs and other training initiatives funded by the COSDEF.

 

COSDEF (Namibia Community Skills Development Foundation)

is a registered Trust co-ordinating, supporting and supervising the various COSDECs (Community Skills Development Centres) and other training providers that provide competency based skills training to various communities throughout Namibia, primarily for youth and the previously disadvantaged groups to assist them in partaking in economic development activities.

The Namibia Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) is the national umbrella body for the Community Skills Development Centres (COSDECs). It is a registered Trust, governed by a Board of Trustees. The six seats include Namibians from both the public and private sectors. The Honourable Minister, Nahas Angula, is the Chairman of the Board. The Board’s mandate includes:

  • Providing guidance to the COSDECs in terms of their activities and management;
  • Raising funds, allocating funds to COSDECs, and monitoring COSDECs expenditures;
  • Developing, implementing and enforcing training and skill testing standards; and
  • Receiving and assessing individual requests from other communities for the establishment of new skills training initiatives.

The Secretariat is the Support Unit (SU) that administers and implements approved programmes. The role of the SU is to maintain quality standards, through the provision of administrative and financial assistance, as well as professional advice and guidance to the COSDECs and other training initiatives funded by the COSDEF.

WHAT ARE COSDECs?

COSDECs are independent Trusts, governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board undergoes a selection process based on nominations from the local community. They are responsible for the overall management of the COSDEC, including formulating annual work plans, supervising the Centre’s management and also liaise with the local community. The Board of Trustees reports to the COSDEF on a quarterly and annual basis. The day-to-day running of a COSDEC is the responsibility of the Head of Centre or Coordinator, depending on the size of the Centre.

THE ROLE OF THE COSDECs

COSDECs are community skills training centres. The vision of the COSDECs is to “provide focused, practical skills training that incorporates business skills, entrepreneurship, and life skills” and to “relate the training programs to opportunities in the local economy in terms of demand for goods and services.”

The main aim is to assist young people find employment in the local economy, either in the formal or informal sector. The training provided at the Centres is competency-based and the courses focus on the basic skills an employer expects of an entry level worker.

The COSDECs have developed processes for conducting market assessments, i.e. identifying relevant skills training opportunities and tracer studies, thereby assessing the effectiveness of existing training programs.

COSDECs target and market their courses mainly to unemployed youth and school drop-outs.

SME BUSINESS SUPPORT AND ARTS & CRAFT CENTRES

The Tsumeb SME Support Centre’s main objective is to provide business training courses and counselling to small business owners and entrepreneurs. In addition, the Centre provides Small Business Incubation Units to local SME operators as part of their business support services.

In 2009, COSDEF also introduced the National Arts and Crafts Project in Swakopmund, which serves as a selling and value-added outlet for arts & craft products produced at COSDECs and from local producers around the country

HOW ARE THE COSDECs FINANCED?

Although COSDEF is a registered Trust, the organisation still benefits from its close ties with the Ministry of Education since its inception. Currently 85% of each COSDECs funding comes directly from the Foundation. The Foundation’s budget is funded by the Ministry of Education through the Namibia Training Authority (NTA). Special projects are funded by various donor agencies, the private sector and individual sponsorships.

Each COSDEC is expected to generate 15% of their total yearly budget through own initiatives. Although the Centres may lobby for additional donor funds, the Centres are encouraged to set up “Production Units” linked to their training programs to generate own funds.

Main Funders

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION / NTAnta

Development Partners:

MCA ( Millennium Challenge Account)
ICEIDA ( Icelandic Development Agency)
ACCC( Association of Canadian Community Colleges)
BOW VALLEY COLLEGE, CANADA
AMERICAN EMBASSY – Self Help Programme
FRENCH EMBASSY
EED ( Evangelical German Development Agency)
VSO ( Voluntary Services Overseas )
ORT NAMIBIA ( Organisation for Resources and Training )
AGRA CO-OP Ltd

For more information, please contact the Support Unit:

Windhuker Street 14 Swakopmund, P.O. Box 4230, Vineta, Swakopmund

Tel: 064 400 358 Fax: 064 403 845 Email: ncsdf@mweb.com.na

2012 TRAINING PROGRAMMES ALL COSDECs

                       
 

Skills Area

Ondangwa

Tsumeb

Otjiwarongo

Mahetago, Swakopmund

Tukurenu, Rundu

Opuwo

Tsumeb SME Support Centre

Arts & Crafts

Benguela, Luderitz

Omaheke, Gobabis

1

Baking

   

             

2

Basic Computer literacy

 

   

     

3

Beadwork – Advanced

             

   

4

Beadwork – Beginners

             

 

5

Bookkeeping

           

     

6

Bricklaying & Plastering

   

       

7

Building Maintenance

 

 

         

8

Entrepreneurship

     

   

     

9

Carpentry

   

           

11

Coffin Making

       

         

12

Crochet

             

   

13

Early Childhood Development

     

       

 

14

Food Preparation

 

           

 

15

Food Preparation & Serving

 

         

16

Glass Recycling

                 

17

Hairdressing

   

             

18

Internet and email

           

     

19

Jam Making

       

         

20

Knitting

     

           

21

Leather Craft

             

   

22

Leather Tanning

 

     

       

23

Needlework Basic Skills

 

     

 

25

Office Administration

     

26

Plumbing &  Pipefitting

               

27

Sheet Metal work

         

       

28

Water Point Maintenance

         

       

29

Welding & Fabrication

               

30

Wirecraft and beadwork