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Government launches the National Occupational Standards for the Manufacturing And Construction Sectors

L-R (Ireland Embassy Acting Head of Mission, Pronch Murray, Ministry of Higher Education PS-Ms. Kayula Siame, Zambia Qualifications Authority C.E.O,-Ms. Mirriam Chiyaba

LUSAKA, Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 – Government says National occupational
Standards (NOS) are vital to the manufacturing and construction sectors.

Ministry of Higher Education Permanent Secretary Ms. Kayula Siame said the standards will contribute to the improvement of the efficiency and productivity of the workforce of the two respective sectors.

MoHE PS-Ms. Kayula Siame giving her speech

Speaking at Pamodzi Hotel during the launch of the National Occupational Standards for the Manufacturing and Construction Sectors, Ms. Siame said occupational standards are used worldover in the development of curricula and learning programmes, which leads to industry–sustainable, recognisable and internationally comparable qualifications.

“The National Occupational Standards we are launching today will be used to ensure that curricula and learning programmes are tailored to meet the aspirations of industry,” she said

“Furthermore, Government recognises the important role that NOS will play in fostering relationships between training providers and industry, which is key to ensure that the training institutions produce graduates with adequate and relevant skills needed in industry.” She added

At the same function, Ireland Embassy Acting Head of Mission, Pronch Murray acknowledged the long-standing relationship that existed between Zambia and Ireland.

Ireland Embassy Acting Head of Mission, Pronch Murray-Speaks during the launch

Mr. Murray said the Embassy is currently designing its new five-year strategy of engagement with Zambia, which will deepen the partnership between the two countries.

“We have shared purpose in promoting learning and knowledge exchange between Zambian and Irish institutions. The current Partnership started in 2019 and will extend to 2022 and beyond,” he said.

And Zambia Qualifications Authority Chief Executive Officer Ms. Miriam Chiyaba noted that the process of formulating the National occupational Standards involved various stakeholders who identified key occupations requiring the development of NOS.

Zambia Qualifications Authority C.E.O,-Ms. Mirriam Chiyaba delivers her speech during the event

Ms. Chiyaba listed six National Occupational Standards identified for selected occupations in the manufacturing sector, which included Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Production Manager, Quality Controller and workshop Mechanics operator.

“Similarly, six NOS were Bricklayer identified for selected occupations in the construction sector namely: Geometrics Engineer, Electrician- Low Voltage, Draughts Person, General, Metal Fabricator and Steel Fixer,” she added.

Ms. Chiyaba thanked the Embassy of Ireland and Government for the support and commitment to the development of the NOS in the manufacturing and construction sectors.

 

Issued by:
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Ministry of Higher Education
Lusaka.

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