Technical Colleges Equipped Technologically

The graduates receiving their certificates The graduates receiving their certificates - pic by Andrew Maneya

Principal Secretary for the ministry of labour, Dickson Chunga, has said modern technologies are a key to employment creation in the country.

Speaking to journalist during the graduation of one week training of modern technical equipment Conducted by Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) Authority on Friday at Aida Chilembwe Community College in Chiladzulu, Chunga said it is important that technical college artisans in the country equipped with skills to use modern technologies.

He said this will help them be able to get jobs in industries and even to create their own companies which will expand the generation of jobs in the country.

"Once they demonstrate that they are able to use the modern equipment that the industry is having, they have higher chances of getting employed in the industry, but at the same time, if they decide to set up their own company and employ others, they will be operating equipment that is more efficient hence producing more," Chunga said. 

Meanwhile, the Acting Executive Director, for the TEVET Authority, Modesto Sylvester Gomani, says the training has simplified course delivery to students in various technical colleges across the country as the 40 trainees who have graduated will be training their artisans in their respective technical colleges in the country.

"The equipment that was installed in various technical colleges were so advanced that our trainers would not be able to operate them and let alone use them to train the trainees that we send to various technical colleges.

The trainees that we are calling today are actually the trainers in various technical colleges, so that after this program, they should be able to utilize the equipment and to impart skills using the equipment to the level that we desire," Gomani said.

One of the trainees who is plumbing instructor, Lizzie Difa, says she has acquired skills on how to use the modern machines which will improve their course delivery as they were facing challenges in using the machines.

"We have benefited a lot since we had these machines in our technical colleges workshops but we were not able to operate. As we are going back to our various institutions, we will be able to operate machines properly," Difa said.

TEVET has used about 45 million kwacha to conduct the training on the modern equipment which were donated by the European Union (EU) to Malawi Government to help enhance the technical education in the country.

The EU donated equipment and infrastructures worth about 15.5 billion Malawi kwacha to the Malawi government.

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