Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC) Ondangwa started operating in the year 1999 with 7 staff offering only three courses namely bricklaying and plastering, hospitality, welding & fabrication as well as woodwork. During the inception year, Centre activities were sharing five (5) building space while trainees and Instructors were sharing tools and equipment. Today, the Centre is offering seven (7) national structured long courses, tailor made courses up to three month, an SME support programme to entrepreneurs and an agro- business that add value to mahangu products. Currently the Centre has enrollment capacity of about 200 per intake for national courses, a compliment of 17 permanent staff and a Peace Corps Volunteer providing technical support to SME support programme.
Centre Manager: Mr. Patrick Masiziani
Phone : +264-65-241220
Fax : +264-65-241228
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Address : P/Bag 7008 Ondangwa
Freedom Square Street, Ondangwa
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One of the greatest achievements is that those who have natural skills but did not get the opportunity to attend formal school, those with enthusiasm to learn but did make it after grade 10 or 12, and those who were willing to improve their livelihood were given hopes and their aspiration were lifted by giving them new skills. Today they are talking high of how COSDEC have shaped their lives.
The centre has managed to maintain relationship with the employees who either offered job attachment opportunities to the trainees or employ them after completion of their course. The Centre has also improved the quality of the training. The national courses are now based on the national curriculum for VET developed by NTA leading to the awarding Certificate against NQF registered unit standards. As a result of this, employers are more willing to employ COSDEC graduate as according to them, this have resulted in increased productivity, quality of work, great value of customer services and increased profitability.
About 1,519 trainees have graduated from COSDEC Ondangwa between the periods of 2007 to 2014. The majority of them are employed; others went for further studies into VET sector while others stated they own business and employed others.
Comparing the situation under which the Centre has started, the perception of the Centre has improved significantly. The Centre have carried out aggressive marketing strategies including conducting annual career fairs to potential or aspirant trainees, carried out massive infrastructure development equipped with modern tools and equipments and improved customer care. We have also managed to attract interest from cooperate institutions who are sending their technical staff members for further training. Our staff members are well trained on their job and are able to provide quality training delivery.
Today, COSDEC is amongst the active role players in terms of skills development and the improvement of the local economy which leads to the improved livelihood of the community members of the target population and their immediate communities.
With the support of MCA, the Centre have managed to introduced the SME support programme aiming at empowering upcoming and existing entrepreneurs by incubating them while providing necessary training, mentorship and coaching support to enable them to become successful entrepreneurs.
COSDEC Ondangwa catchment areas have been mainly Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshitkoto and Omusati region. Our application forms are channeled to
all constituency offices in those regions in order to ensure to provide equal opportunities to all young people in terms of admission.
Since its inception, the Centre has made significant contribution to the social economic development especially in the northern regions of Oshana, Oshikoto, Omusati and Ohangwena. Most of the graduates from COSDEC Ondangwa are permanently employed; some are running their own businesses and employed others, while others went for career progression into the mainstream of vocational and educational training sector. All these three (3) groups of graduates are able to earn a decent living while supporting their immediate families and stimulate local and national economic growth. There is increase in buying power, immediate availability of skills at community level and employment creation opportunities as some of those trained have established their business and employ others.
Moreover, the Centre is also offering tailor made courses for individuals and cooperate institutions in the regions. For example various institutions have been registering their personnel for three to five days training in order to improve their skills. The Centre has been actively involved in the construction of individual (modern) infrastructures and manufacturing of different products for local use.
Constituency: Ondangwa Urban
Population of Ondangwa: 30,000 (2011 Census)
Target Region: Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and partly Oshikoto Region