By Tione Andsen
Lilongwe, December 2, Mana: Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) has said continued capacity building among instructors in various technical colleges in the country is vital in enhancing skills development.
Senior Quality Assurance Specialists at TEVET , Francisco Makwinja made the remarks Friday when he closed a two week training course on Competency based Training and Assessment (CBT&A) for 42 new TEVET instructors and six master trainers.
He said with the increased in number of vocational training centres in the country there is need for more instructors to be trained so that the output of those institutions should be admirable.
“it is our hope that the two weeks course has helped the instructors to gain new knowledge and skills which will be adequately used in various technical and community skills centres across the country,” Makwinja said.
The Specialists urged the instructors to make use of the knowledge and skills gained and put to proper use the improvement of vocational skills training.
He said the Ministry of Labour would continue to provide policy guidelines to encourage vocational skills centres to have well trained instructors so that vocational training should be of high quality always.
He thanked European Union (EU) for funding Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) for partnering with Technical, Entrepreneurial an Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) in the capacity building programme.
STEP Team Leader, Arthur Shears said a skilled workforce is essential for the growth and development of any country.
He said it pleasing to note that the instructors have being equipped with new skills they need to impart their knowledge to trainees at TEVET institutions throughout the country.
“this is one of many initiatives the EU funded STEP programme is implementing in order to improve the quality and relevance of TEVET in the country,’ Shears pointed out.
One of the Instructors from Mgalamukani Community Skills Centre, Chiyembekezo Mhone said the training has helped them to acquire knowledge and skills to be used in their various vocational training centres.
He said the training has helped to increase numbers of instructors in the vocational training sector in the country as results of the mushroomed community colleges being established in the country.
STEP is empowering TEVET sector in the country through education as a focal area under the 11th European Development Fund from 2014 to 20220.
Secondary Education and TEVET have been identified as the specific sub-sectors for EU intervention.
STEP is implemented by government through Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Nation Audit Office (NAO) Support Unit with technical support by United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)