The Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC) Otjiwarongo opened its doors for training in 1999 at the site located in the Business area of Otjiwarongo. COSDEC Otjiwarongo was moved to the location and was inaugurated on 21 Sept 2001 by the Honourable Nahas Angula, the then Minister of Higher Education, Training and Employment Creation and His Excellency F.J.Ortiz de Zuniga of the European Commission at its present location in Dr. Libertina Amadhila Avenue in Orwetoveni.

  • 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
  • Beauty Services (Hairdressing)
  • Welding and Fabrication

(Level 1 and 2)

  • ICT Fundamentals
  • Clothing Design
  • Hospitality and Tourism (Food Preparation and Serving)
  • Beauty Services (Hairdressing)
  • Joinery and Cabinet Making
  • Basic Bricklaying and Plastering & Basic Welding

Centre Manager: Mrs.Tusnelda Kamatui

Phone: +264 67 304562
Fax: +264 67 302243
Address: P.O. Box 1028 Otjiwarongo
Dr. Libertina Amadhila Avenue

Improving existing training activities to comply with the SME skills

Ensuring that the trainees projects are budgeted for to ensure products and services are marketable to the community. Supporting the development of business skills of the trainees and addressing the needs of the community in order to find employment both in the formal and informal sector. This can be achieved by making contact with existing businesses already well established and looking for the possibility of qualified trainees joining them and opportunities open to them in the town.
One of the greatest achievements is that those who have natural skills but did not get the opportunity to attend formal school, and those who were willing to improve their livelihoods were given hopes and their aspirations were lifted by developing existing skills and giving them new skills. Today they are talking high of how COSDEC had shaped their lives.
The centre has managed to maintain relationships with the employees who either offered job attachment opportunities to the trainees or employ them after completion of the course. The Centre has also improved the quality of the training. The national courses are now based on the national curriculum for TVET developed by NTA leading to the awarding certificates against NQF registered unit standards. As a result of this, employers are more willing to employ COSDEC graduates as according to them, this have resulted in increased productivity, quality of work, great value of customer services and increased profitability.

Our staff members are well trained on their job and are able to provide quality training.

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

Most of the graduates from COSDEC Otjiwarongo are permanently employed; some are running their own businesses and employ others, while others went for career progression into the mainstream of vocational and educational training. There is an increase in the immediate availability of skills at community level and employment creation opportunities, as some of those trained have established their own 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 equipments
  • 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: Otjiwarongo
Constituency: Otjiwarongo
Region: Otjozondjupa
Population of Otjiwarongo: 28,249
Target Population (Youth and Previously Disadvantaged): : Otjozondjupa Region

Advisory Board

Mr. Simon Shilongo
Mrs Barbra Kenz
Mrs . Sylvia Gebhardt
Community Mobilization
Mr. Petrus Kapia
Education and Training