THE construction of vocational training centres (VETA) will soon be a reality as negotiations are underway between government and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to secure a loan amounting to US Dollar 57 million.
The Deputy Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Philipo Mulugo yesterday informed the National Assembly that government intends to establish vocational training centres in all districts in addition to those currently in operation both public and private.
Mulugo was responding to a question asked by Ignas Mallocha (Kwela - CCM) who demanded an explanation regarding government's plans on the construction of district vocational centres in Rukwa Region.
"Before Rukwa region was divided into two leading to the establishment of Katavi Region, the Mpanda based vocational training centre was in Rukwa Region but today the centre is located in Katavi Region.
However, Nkasi and Sumbawanga districts have been included in the second phase plan for construction of vocational centres and the implementation will begin soon pending availability of funds," Mulugo explained.
In recognition of the importance of vocational training, the deputy minister said the Community Development Centre in Nkasi will train 50 students in carpentry and masonry. He said the newly established regions of Geita, Simiyu, Njombe and Rukwa will have vocational training centres that will empower youth.
"Government this fiscal year, 2013/2014has allocated 10bn/- for this purpose," Mulugo clarified. Government is looking into the proposal of acquiring structures used as road construction camps along Tunduma, Mpanda highway after completion of the road project.
"This is good idea and necessary arrangements including regional consultation with relevant authorities. We (the ministry) will provide the necessary support," he concluded.