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TEVETA Launches Mobile Training Van for the South

Certificates presentation Certificates presentation - pic by Hastings Jimani

The Technical Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) on Monday launched a mobile training van for the southern region of Malawi.

The initiative according to TEVETA Executive Director Elwin Sichiola will give opportunity to youths in areas that have no skills development centers to have access to vocational skills.

“The van has all tools for different trades that are offered in informal sector and this model is very effective in terms of quality, so there will be no difference between youths who will be accessing vocational skills from this van and those in skills development centers,” said Sichiola.

He said duration of training depends on the nature of the courses but the informal courses are between three to six months.

According to Sichiola, the mobile training van will be targeting at least 5000 young people in the region every year.

During the event, TEVETA also presented certificates to over 100 youths who have completed a two month vocational training in bakery, electrical installation and tailoring in Mulanje Pasani Constituency with support from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

Parliamentarian for the area Ebbie Mathanda told Zodiak Online that she decided to invest 10% of the CDF in youth economic empowerment through vocational skills development.

“According to the current guidelines, we are advised to use 10% of the CDF to support women and the youths and I decided to teach youths in my constituency how to fish and not giving them fish and that is providing financial support to this training,” said Mathanda.

Mathanda said at first she used K10 million to buy 20 sewing machines but realizing that tools for other trades were also needed she had to borrow K4 million from somewhere and bought other tools.

In total she said she has spent K14 million from the CDF in this vocational training.

The Monday event also marked official opening of Chambe Rock Development Centre and the sewing machines and other training tools will be used by other subsequent classes.     

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