The Technical, Entrepreneurship and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) says it is making progress in collecting levy from employers to run its various programmes and activities.
Teveta acting executive director Wilson Nkhoma disclosed this on Friday in Mzuzu on the sidelines of the closing function of the 2012/2013 private/public sector training programmes.
He, however, noted that there are some companies which are not complying.
“There is an increase of levy collected from employers every year. But there are some companies which we can’t trace, while others don’t comply. We are trying our best to track them down,” he said.
According to Teveta public relations officer Lewis Msasa, Tevet levy has been rising over the years from K30 million (about $75m) in 2000 to the forecast of K680 million (about $1.7m) in 2013/2014.
Tevet levy is the sum of money Teveta collects from employers, both private and public. The levy payable is one percent of their total payroll cost in respect of the previous year.
The levy is used to run various programmes and activities in line with the Tevet system. Some of the activities include the private/public sector tailor-made training courses, conducted across the country every year.
About 500 employees have benefitted during this year’s trainings. Teveta mounted a total of 29 courses, and spent about K70 million (about $1.8m) for the trainings.
Some of the courses covered this year include media and public relations, food production, procurement and stores management, fleet management and front office management.
The regional centre manager McLove Kamba called on the private sector to prioritise human resource development to improve performance and productivity of the national economy.
“The private sector cannot be competitive on the global market if it does not develop its human resource and hence, Malawi cannot come out of the consuming and importing to producing and exporting country if human resource training and development is not taken seriously,” he said.