THE Vocational Education and Training Authority (Veta) is planning to increase the number of training centres and at the same time expand the present ones in a move aimed to increase its enrollment capacity so as to curb unemployment among youths.
Speaking during a graduation ceremony held at VETA grounds here over the weekend, the member of the board of directors for VETA-Northern Zone, Swalehe Masoud, said that currently the country is facing a huge problem of unemployment among youths, thus the only solution for the problem is to enroll many youths in vocational training colleges.
He said the government was investing a lot of money in vocational training centres, and the plan of building 30 such colleges country wide was in the pipeline.
"The government has decided to invest in vocational training colleges and centres. This is a good vision for future prosperity of this country...many developed countries have started investing on technology through vocational colleges," he said.
Citing as an example, he said VETA Tanga was receiving more than 1300 application letters every year, but it cannot accommodate more than 500 students, thus many applicants have been failing to get the chance every year and wondered as where such groups of youths go.
However, he urged the youths who get the opportunity to study in vocational colleges to be serious and concentrate more on what they study so that when they come out of colleges they can compete in the employment market in East African Community.
Earlier, the VETA Tanga Principal, Eng. Alphonce Lubasha, assured students and parents that the training provided by VETA was of high quality, because they have been training students according to vocational training curriculum.
He said though VETA is facing some challenges including shortage of training tools like machines, shortage of classrooms and dormitories as well as staffing, yet the training was good and of high quality in such a way that the graduate is capable of delivering wherever he or she works.
Students interviewed by this reporter urged the VETA management to build more dormitories so as to curb the problem of students renting houses outside the college, the move will help them especially girl students concentrate more on their studies.
About 134 students graduated in various fields including motor vehicle mechanics, tailoring, auto electrical, hotel and catering, carpentry and joinery, plumbing and pipe fitting as well as painting.