The Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, Right Honourable Saulos Klaus Chilima officially opened the first ever Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) Authority National Executive Conference with a call on business captains to be innovative or be wiped out from the competitive business.
Speaking in Mangochi on 6th October when he officially opened the high-level conference, Right Honourable Chilima said change happens by changing and this can happen if those in leadership positions are innovative in order to adapt to the ever changing socioeconomic landscape.
“These days either you innovate or be wiped out from the competitive business out there. By learning new skills, networking and sharing experiences, which is the purpose of this conference, you will find ways of maximizing business returns and promoting corporate brands”
The Veep said the conference theme “steering organisations through business turbulence” was indeed befitting and advised the corporate leaders to grab this opportunity to learn new things from each other.
He said the global economic turbulence ignited by the global recession a few years backcontinues to haunt economies all over the world, stressing that there is need for the public and private sector to work together for Malawi to achieve sustainable social- economic development.
“Private sector involvement is a process to sustainable development, we need to turn our economy from being a predominantly importing and consuming country to one that is producing and exporting”.
“This shift cannot be done if the private sector is left out in all developments phases” Right Honourable Chilima said”.
In his remarks, TEVETA Board chairperson, Mr. Gilbert Chilinde said the National Executive Conference falls under one of TEVET Authority key priority areas, the Public and Private Sector Training programme.
He said these training programmes are aimed at ensuring increased productivity at the workplace for purposes of increased fecundity and delivery of high quality goods and services on the market.
"The public and private sector training has four windows and the NEC falls under the Common Tailor-made Training window. A training which involves respective companies/ associations and industrial grouping that have common skill gaps. The TEVET Authority pays for training venue costs and training materials”.
He further went to say that the other 3 windows include Company or Organisation-specific in house Training with Reimbursements where companies or organisations organise in-house training in which TEVETA pays 20% of the total direct training costs,
Company or Organisation- specific On the technical support where companies or industrial groupings liaise with TEVETA to access technical support and advice regarding capacity building of their workforce and
The Company or Organisation-specific On the Job Training where companies are supported technically and financially in the implementation of training at the workplace.
“The idea to come up with NEC came about after realizing that our executives were being left out as far as skills training and up-skilling is concerned. It is my hope that they will embrace this new training product and use it to the benefit of the respective companies and organisations” Mr. Chilinde said.
South African branding and reputation guru, Thebe Ikalafeng on his part delivered a key note address to 76 leaders of 41 established companies through a presentation titled “Innovative business practices for increased productivity in a turbulent business environment” among others he urged the corporate leaders to think out of the box.
The Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVET) Authority has called upon training providers and quality assurance bodies to seek accreditation with the Authority in order for them to be compliant with the law.
The call comes at a time when the TEVET system has been undergoing reform to improve its effectiveness particularly in the area of quality assurance in delivery of training programmes.
“TEVET Authority is mandated under the TEVET Act of 1999 to accredit and inspect institutions for conformance to standards of the TEVET Qualifications Framework and to ensure adherence to required set criteria as provided for in the registration and accreditation rules,” said TEVET Authority Head of Regulatory and Compliance Services, Mr Charles Mataya.
He said part of the reform process involved review of guidelines for accreditation, a process whose outcome was approved by the TEVET Authority Board recently.
The accreditation guidelines are designed to work as a tool for assessment of institutions and individuals who are interested to take part in the delivery of technical and vocational education.
In the case of the TEVET Authority, accreditation means certification, or granting credit or recognition, usually for a particular period of time, of a person, a body or an institution as having the capacity to fulfil a particular function in the quality assurance system set up by an Authority in the TEVET Act.
According to Mr Mataya this is not the first time the Authority is calling on training providers and quality assurance bodies to seek accreditation.
“For instance, some private colleges like Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute and Miracle Technical Institute and all public colleges were accredited in 2013. For these providers their accreditation status will end in 2018,” said Mataya.
According to TEVET Act No. 6 of 1999, it is an offence for any training providers and quality assurance body to offer any vocational training or assessment service without prior accreditation by the TEVET Authority.
TEVETA to hold 2017 National Executive Conference
In a bid to respond to the growing challenges in the business environment, TEVETA will hold a National Executive conference tailor-made for leaders of Malawi’s top businesses, companies and organisations under the theme “Steering Organisations through Business Turbulence” at Makokola Retreat in Mangochi from 6th to 7th October, 2017.
The conference has been organized to give modern corporate leaders the skills to overcome economic challenges; motivate leaders to re-engineer their businesses for the economy and at the same time to inspire networking and collaboration amongst Malawi’s corporate figures.
At the conference, delegates will be accorded an opportunity to listen to one of Africa’s leading figures, Thebe Ikalafeng who is founder and Chairman of Brand Africa Leadership Group. Ikalafeng who has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African Magazine has worked on over 100 brands across Africa. He will be joined on stage by Mr Chancellor Kaferapanjira, Chief Executive Officer for Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) and Mr Beyani Munthali, Executive Director for Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM).
The Conference is targeting Chief Executive Officers, Founders; General Managers; Executive Directors, Board Members and Business leaders from Malawi’s largest corporations.
Meanwhile, TEVETA Acting Executive Director, Mr Wilson Makulumiza Nkhoma is using the current annual door-to-door meetings with Chief Executive Officers of various companies and organisations to extend invitation to them to the conference.
The Conference is being held under the Private and Public Sector Training Programme, a training window through which all TEVET Levy compliant employers are supported in addressing skills and performance gaps at the workplace for purposes of increased productivity and delivery of good quality products (goods and services) on the market.
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