Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC) Ondangwa started operating in the year 1999 with 7 staff members. Currently the centre has a staff complement of about 16 staff members offering the following two types of courses:

These courses are based on the national unit standards and qualifications for Vocational Education and Training (VET) developed by the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) and registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA). External national assessment in these courses are conducted by the NTA, leading to awarding of qualifications at NQF levels 1 and 2 in the below occupations:

 The National NQF Based Courses

  • Bricklaying and Plastering
  • Clothing Production and Textile Design
  • Hospitality and Tourism (L3)
  • Joinery and Cabinet Making
  • Business Services (Office Administration and Computing)
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting
  • Welding and Metal Fabrication
  • Information Communications Technology (ICT)

(Level 1 and 2)

These courses are offered based on identified local community socio-economic needs, as evidenced in annual community based skills needs assessments conducted within the catchment areas of the COSDECs. They are tailor-made to service identified community development needs; such as skills gaps amongst employees of local employers; preparation and support towards Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment; as well as other locally driven community development programs that may be required by regional, local authorities or community and/or faith based organizations.

COSDEC Ondangwa offers the following Short Courses:

  • Bricklaying and Plastering
  • Clothing Production and Textile Design
  • Hospitality (Food Preparation and Serving
  • Joinery and Cabinet Making
  • Office Administration and Computer
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting
  • Welding and Metal Fabrication
  • ICT

The Centre has finally attained the much aspired accreditation status from the Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA) and is now registered with Namibia Training Authority (NTA) as a fully pledged recognized Vocational Training Provider, offering Level 1 & 2 National Qualification Framework (NQF) Courses.

Centre Manager: Mr. Patrick Masiziani

Phone: +264-65-241220
Fax: +264-65-241228
Address: P/Bag 77008 Ondangwa
Freedom Square Street, Ondangwa
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The Business Development Support Centre (BDSC)

The Centre has 3 SME incubation units, which are given to entrepreneurs for a period of one year, to help them start or grow their small business and they are being provided with business mentorship, trainings and other support services. Under the (BDSC) the centre does external projects related to all the trades to increase the income of the centre. The BDSC give business training, coaching and mentoring to the community and everyone who is interested.

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 not make it after grade 10 or 12, and those who were willing to improve their livelihoods were given hopes and their aspiration were lifted by giving them new skills. Today they are talking high of how COSDEC Ondangwa has 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, and as a result of the accredited status, 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 2,328 trainees have graduated from COSDEC Ondangwa between the periods of 2007 to 2018. The majority of them are employed; others went for further studies into the VET sector while others started their own businesses and thereby created employment for others.

Comparing the situation under which the Centre has started, the perception of the Centre has improved significantly, through aggressive marketing strategies including conducting annual career fairs to potential or aspirant trainees, carried out massive infrastructure development equipped with modern tools and equipment 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-Ondangwa 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 targeted population and their immediate communities.

With the support of MCA, the Centre managed to introduced the BD/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

Contribution to the economic development of the communities we are operating in.

COSDEC Ondangwa catchment areas have been mainly Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Omusati regions. Our application forms are channelled to all constituency offices in those regions in order to ensure we provide equal opportunities to all young people in terms of admission.

Since its inception, the Centre has made significant contribution to the socio-economic development especially in these four northern regions. 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 an increase in buying power, immediate availability of skills at community level and employment creation opportunities as some of those trained, have established their businesses and employ others.

  • Ensure improved standard of living for COSDEC graduates by providing them with employable skills through relevant high quality training programmes.
  • To be the preferred TVET provider which is most accessible and affordable to young people
  • Ensuring adequate infrastructure and modern tools and equipment
  • Enhance the capacity of the Centre to provide community outreach programmes that are responsive to local and national economic needs, and
  • Develop and provide meaningful responsive SME support services to upcoming and existing entrepreneurs.

Town: Ondangwa
Constituency: Ondangwa Urban
Region: Oshana
Population of Ondangwa: 22,822 (2011 Census)
Target Region: Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and partly Oshikoto Regions

Advisory Board

Mr. Erica Ndatega
Ms. Ester Nepando
Community Liaison Advisor
Mr. Isack Ndipwashimwe
Training advisor
Mr. Jason Fillemon
Business advisor
Mr. Paulus Nuuyoma
Finance Advisor
Mr. Patrick Masiziani