Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP)

Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP)

Lilongwe Technical College gets new equipment

The EU project will do a lot to change our delivery as a college. Now the students will be able to use the equipment the industry is using. TVET is a priority for the country, it is good for Malawi.

Suzgika Mvalo, Principal, Lilongwe Technical College

CONTEXT

Malawi is experiencing challenges to produce the desired quality and quantity of skilled workers. As one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the world, it is important that its young people are educated and that an increasing number receive quality technical training. It is also important to keep investing to address the mismatch between the skills that young people receive in school, and those needed for their working life. This will enable them to find work and make a better living for themselves. In turn, they will contribute to economic development.

OBJECTIVES

  • To empower the TVET sector in Malawi and develop its capacity to meet the economy’s need for skilled professionals

RESULTS

  • 40 workshops will be constructed or rehabilitated and provided with state of the art equipment in construction related trades such as welding and fabrication, renewable energy, carpentry and joinery, electrical installation, bricklaying, plumbing and painting and decoration.
  • Enrolment and retention rates of female and vulnerable students will be increased
  • The technical and pedagogical skills of technical teachers and instructors will be upgraded
  • Partnership and collaboration between the various stakeholders will be improved
  • The syllabus will be updated with an emphasis on entrepreneurship

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • EU contribution EUR 32.6 million (approx. 28 billion MWK). Duration: 2016-2020

TESTIMONY

Our workshops had obsolete equipment

Lilongwe Technical College, one of the biggest in the country is a beneficiary of the project. It has been provided with 2 new workshop buildings and equipment for 4 different trades, namely; Welding and Fabrications, Plumbing, Renewable Energy and Instrumentation Engineering.

An approximate budget of 2 million euros was used to supply very high quality equipment in both the new workshops and old workshops. Says principal Suzgika Mvalo, it’s very important that the EU has made this investment because most of our workshops had obsolete equipment. When the students would graduate they were not able to operate the equipment being used in industry.

Along with the equipment will come training, to ensure the teachers know how to operate the more sophisticated equipment and also to familiarise them with the updated curriculum, including some new course modules, such as entrepreneurship and health and safety.

Says Mr Mvalo, “The students are excited to be using the equipment”.