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Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) is a regulatory body
established in July 1999 by an Act of Parliament with the mandate to create an integrated TEVET System in
Malawi that is demand-driven, competency based, modular, comprehensive, accessible and flexible and
consolidated enough to service both rural and urban Malawi (Refer TEVET Policy).

The TEVET system has the following objectives:
• To promote an integrated, demand driven, competency based modular technical, entrepreneurial and
vocational and training system; To monitor gaps between supply and demand for skills;
• To support the adoption and application of appropriate technologies;
• To promote managerial and business skills and a spirit of entrepreneurial culture with regard to both wage
and self-employment;
• To facilitate sound and sustainable financing and funding mechanisms;
• To facilitate and bring together the expertise and moderate the different interests of the stakeholders.

And these objectives are being met through a well-coordinated programme of activities as articulated in the TEVETA Strategic Plan and the careful following of Annual Plans.

PROGRAMMES

TEVETA has been facilitating and implementing a number of training programs including the following:

Apprenticeship skills training programmes

TEVETA has been implementing a reformed National Apprenticeship Scheme since 2000 in order to make it more flexible and responsive to the demands of the Labour Market. The competency based education and training (CBET) is the main feature of the training methodology.

As from 2007, a total of 2262 students have been recruited into the Public and Private Technical Colleges in Malawi. The numbers would have been higher than the current standing had it not been for the limitation of space and capacity in the existing Colleges. There are only seven established, public Technical colleges in Malawi which accommodate less than 700 students each year against an enormous demand every year.

Skills Development Initiative

Skills Development Initiative (SDI) is one of the popular programs for the informal sector. TEVETA provides training outreach programs to the youth in the programme in order to promote the provision of training through the enhanced Traditional Apprenticeship Scheme.

The initiative is now being implemented through some selected training providers, which are called SDI Facilitation Units. In order to make programs easily accessible, Units are spread across the country like DAPP Mikolongwe College in the Southern Region, Don Bosco Technical College in the Central Region and ,St John, of God in the North. Under the initiative, since the year 2000, about 3,500 people have been trained in different occupational fields such as tailoring, bakery, soap making, carpentry and bricklaying.

Small Enterprise Development

The Small Enterprise Development (SED) is also one of the programs addressing skills training for wage/self employment and increased access to incomes in the informal sector. It is targeting small enterprises that employ 5 to 20 people at any time of the year. The overall goals of the project are to facilitate the development of strategies that would support the emergence of a more conducive business development environment for the Sector.

Under this programme, youths have learnt modern skills of making cane and bamboo furniture. Through one of the Training Centre in Blantyre called Binali Cane Furniture and Basketry, over 40 youths have received training. A sizeable number has embarked on their own enterprises. This program is also training community based bee keeping club in Nkhotakota district. Other programmes in SED include Entrepreneurial and Business

Development, Cooperative development and management, specific skills training in various vocational skills areas such as bicycle repair, Hair dressing, tyre mending, cellphone repairs, bee keeping, Pottery, Paper recycling, Mushroom farming all this in addition to the traditional trades such as Carpentry, Tinsmiths, Welding, etc.

Under this programme TEVETA has trained over 3000, youths and women. It has also trained some 30 trainers based all over Malawi.

On the Job Training

TEVETA also facilitates the implementation of on-the-job training through cooperation with partner organizations that are involved in the construction of infrastructures such as schools and markets centres in the towns and Assemblies. In this programme, TEVETA attaches the youths from within the area where the project sites are locate. The youths are provided with modulated training. TEVETA is currently cooperating with the Department for International Development (DFID) of Britain, Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF) and Secondary Centres Development Programme (SCDP). So far, over 300 youths have been trained under this programme.

Projects in Cooperation with Local and International Partners :

Partnerships with other International and local organisations

TEVETA is working with its local and international development partners in the improvement of the TEVET System in Malawi. Examples of which are:

Enhancing TEVETA Outcomes (ETO) Project

The Enhancing of TEVET Outcomes is a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded Project which was launched in August 2003 in Malawi. Its main objective is to assist Government to build capacity within the formal and informal TEVET training system, Increase effectiveness and produce highly skilled [Graduates who will take their place as economic developments agents.

TEVETA/MACOHA/NAD Project.

TEVETA, in collaboration with the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA), through the Ministry of People living with disabilities, secured funding form the Norwegian Association for the Disabled (NAD) to assist youths with disabilities to undergo community based vocational training. The project commenced in June 2003. 260 people were trained in various skills areas and have received start-up capital.

TEVETA's organisational capacity

TEVETA is well positioned to implement donor funded projects because of its own sustainable asset base, well qualified and experienced human resource including a well manned accounts department with tentacles of Financial Administrators based at its Regional Service Centres. Furthermore TEVETA has very extensive experience in project implementation in terms of projects that are fully funded and supported by TEVETA itself as well as projects that are funded fully or in part by partners such as DFID, Norwegian Church Aid, and NAD etc.

TEVETA's program implementation structure

TEVETA is specifically well placed to implement projects under NAC/Global Fund Round 7 because it has a well developed Training Programmes Division. The Division is headed by a Head of Training Programs based at the Secretariat and supported by an Informal Sector Development Specialist (ISDS) and a Training Programmes Specialist. The Division will coordinate the implementation of the Project.

TEVETA implements its programmes through its regional Offices referred to as Service Centres. The Service Centres are headed by a Centre Manager (CM) who under the NAC project will supervise the work of the ISDS and the ILS who are based at the Service Centre.

The CM is responsible for the management of the centre and its programmes assisted by a variety of Specialists. He is also responsible for the management of TEVETA Assets and finances and is ably assisted by a Finance Officer. TEVETA finances are strictly controlled by the Director of Technical Services based at the secretariat assisted by a Head of Finance.

The ISDS and ILS will work closely with the participating communities and Local Government and private training institutions in the implementation of the Project. The two report to the CM and the HTP (Head of Training Programmes). The HTP reports to the Director of Technical Services who in turn reports to the Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to the Board. In this manner an effective feedback mechanism is created from the TEVETA board down to the artisan and beneficiary at the grass root level.