Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) on Friday launched Tchetsa Community Skills Development Centre in Mayani, Traditional Authority (T/A) Tambala in Dedza.
Teveta executive director Ndione Chauluka said the centre will help youths in the community and surrounding areas to develop technical skills and be empowered economically.
“The main objective of this programme is to empower the youth, especially those who did not have access to tertiary education, but have good grades, to acquire some skills and practice trade,” he said.
Chauluka said the centre started in 1999 and so far trains the youth in electrical installation and tailoring, but there are plans to broaden courses.
He told the youth that Teveta has K100 million (about $157 000) to loan out those who complete their training and demonstrate a spirit of entrepreneurship.
The centre was constructed by World Vision Malawi (WVM) and Teveta provided the materials for training. It also conducts assessment of the trainees for certification.
WVM development facilitator for the area Joseph Chikwapula said the organisation constructed the centre and paid K49 million to Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to instal electricity which has not yet been done.
A representative of the beneficiaries of the centre Laika Asifa said the centre has changed the face of the community and has brought a new lease of life to the youth who were idle in villages. n