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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.