Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) says government is set to upgrade Nankhundwe Community Skills Development Centre in Mwanza to a community technical college.
In an interview on Tuesday, Teveta director of training programmes Modesto Gomani said they hope to continue investing in the centre to expand its scope.
“We are happy that we have a starting point. However, the only problem we can face in the expansion drive is land. We count on chiefs to give us more land,” said Gomani.
Nankhundwe Community Skills Development Centre principal Ali Mabuka said the institution is facing challenges such as shortage of classrooms, desks and training workshops.
“Sometimes we conduct lessons in the open. We appeal to the authorities to upgrade the institution into a community technical college so that when trainees graduate, they can easily enrol with some advanced institutions,” he said.
Mabuka also decried low enrolment, saying in the last three years they admitted an average of 20 trainees against their target of 60.
On Friday, the centre graduated 20 trainees.
Teveta handed over tools worth K4 million for the institution’s carpentry and joinery workshop.
Nankhundwe Community Skills Development Centre is located in Senior Chief Nthache’s area and it offers plumbing, carpentry and brick laying lessons only up to level one.