Malawi: Give Contracts to Community College Graduates - Minister

Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Grace Chiumia has asked district councils to prioritise community technical college graduates when giving contracts.

The minister made the request Monday during a familiarisation tour at Ngara and Ezondweni community technical colleges in Karonga and Mzimba, respectively.

"I am asking councils, to prioritise graduates from community technical colleges when awarding contracts for various development activities.

"We have seen products of graduates from community technical colleges. They are building good infrastructure compared to other contractors," she said.

She cited Kasama Community Technical College in Chitipa which was built by graduates from Ngara Community Technical College.

Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocation and Training Authority (TEVETA) Board Chairperson Gilbert Chilinde said the technical colleges have beefed up skilled labour in construction industry.

He said Malawi Building and Civil Engineering Contractors and Allied Traders Association (MABCATA), a body of contractors, acknowledges technical colleges' contribution to the industry.

"The construction industry lacked skilled bricklayers, carpenters and welders. Today, introduction of community technical colleges has reduced the challenge," he said.

Welding and fabrication student at Ngara Community Technical College Christine Mwalilino commended President Peter Mutharika for creating jobs among youth, through the community technical colleges.

Traditional authority Mwirangombe of Karonga said the initiative has given underprivileged youth, who could not afford national technical colleges, an opportunity to pursue their dreams.

President Mutharika introduced community colleges in March 2015, the first being Ngara.

So far, 12 community technical colleges are operational and others are under construction across the country.

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