The Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training (TEVET) Authority has commended all the companies that pay TEVET Levy for contributing significantly towards skilling the nation.

TEVET Authority Acting Executive Director, Mr Wilson Makulumiza-Nkhoma said this during the handover of tools for the first cohort of Community Technical College (CTC) Graduates which took place on Friday, 16th February, 2018 at Mponela CTC.

“We appreciate all employers that pay TEVET levy (1% of the total emoluments) as the Authority uses this money to among other things, support training and infrastructure development in institutions, provide training equipment and tools for practical training, technical teachers training and payment of student attachment allowances,” he said.

He then appealed to all TEVET Levy non-compliant employers to also play their role by paying the levy through the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) so that TEVET Authority is able to efficiently carry out its duties and fulfil its mandate.

“TEVET Authority partnered with MRA as part of the public sector reforms because they have the expertise to enhance the levy collection base on our behalf, while we focus on our core business of regulating the provision of TEVET in the country.

I therefore urge all companies who have not yet started paying TEVET Levy to please support government’s noble task of imparting technical skills in Malawi by making sure they pay their levy,” he said.

Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) Authority has said it will continue to make the safety of its members of staff a priority by taking all necessary precautionary measures to guarantee their safety.

Director of Administration and Human Resource Mr Ted Chanza, said this in Lilongwe when he officiated the opening of a defensive driving training for its 48 members for staff.  

“Vehicles can be claimed through insurance, but not the lives of our staff if they get involved in accidents. So we decided to organize this course for our personnel regardless of whether they are professional drivers of not,” said Mr Chanza.     

Training facilitator Dr Charles Thupi of Road Safety Centre, said driving to avoid accidents in the face of incorrect actions of others or the presence of adverse driving conditions, forms the essence of defensive driving, which he said all drivers must ensure to achieve.

He commended TEVETA for the initiative to train its staff, as this would go a long way in contributing to road safety in the country.

This training session in Lilongwe is a second leg in a series of three sessions planned for TEVETA employees in the Northern, Central and Southern region. The first was for staff in the Northern Region and next will be training for staff in the Southern region.

In keeping with its mandate of supporting government’s noble task of imparting skills to Malawians through the Community Technical Colleges (CTC) programme and at the same time ensuring that those trained are in gainful employment, the Technical Entrepreneurial Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) Authority will soon be distributing tools to youth who graduated from these Community Technical Colleges to enable them start their own business ventures.

Speaking in a recent interview, TEVET Authority’s Acting Executive Director, Mr. Wilson Makulumiza Nkhoma, revealed that the Authority has so far procured tools to the tune of  K167 million for 627 graduates who completed training in various trades at these Community Technical Colleges.

Said Makulumiza Nkhoma: “These are tools are for the first cohort of community technical college learners who started training in 2015 and  graduated in August 2017 at a ceremony presided over by the President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika . Currently, we are packing the tools depending on  trades and we are expected to start delivering to various community technical colleges next week.”

Makulumiza Nkhoma said those youth who successfully completed their training will be informed by their various colleges to collect their tool packages from the colleges.

According to the TEVET Act, TEVET Authority is mandated to promote managerial and business skills, and a spirit of entrepreneurial culture with regard to wage and self-employment.

In its quest to inculcate this spirit of entrepreneurship, TEVET Authority, among others, provides tools to learners in the system.

“All we are doing is to give these graduates a push through this start-up capital in form of tools. We believe that in the end these youth will also employ their fellow youth. We will also be linking them to various micro finance institutions so that they are able to access loans to boost their business ventures,” said Makulumiza Nkhoma.

Makulumiza Nkhoma added that the tools are for those who graduated in Bricklaying, Carpentry and Joinery; Fabrication and Welding; Motor Cycle Mechanics; Plumbing and Tailoring and Fashion Design.

When he presided over the graduation of the first ever cohort of the graduates from Community Technical Colleges in August last year, President Arthur Peter Mutharika promised that his government will provide the necessary tools  to the graduates to enable them start their own businesses.

Graduates who are to receive tools are from the following community technical colleges: Ngara in Karonga, Ezondweni in Mzimba, Kapondo in Mchinji, Mbandira in Nkhotakota, Mponela In Dowa, Chongoni in Dedza, Chilobwe in Blanytre, Thumbwe in Chiradzulu, Milonga in Thyolo and Naminjiwa in Phalombe.