Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training Authority (Teveta) has courted on industry players to collaborate with the authority to ensure effective delivery of skills.
Teveta executive director Wilson Makulumiza Nkhoma said this in an interview on Wednesday at a business breakfast at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre.
He said the authority, in its endeavour to ensure continued relevance of Tevet programmes, is undertaking a number of reforms to make the sector effective and efficient and review its policy and Act.
Said Nkhoma: “Currently, we are running a project called Public Private Sector Skills Development Forum which aims to enhance partnership between training providers and industry.
“This follows the blame-game where the industry feels we are producing half-baked products and that we are not responding to their needs while we blame the industry for not supporting skills development in the country.”
He said Teveta, through the engagements with the industry, the review and introduction of various programmes within the authority, aims to address challenges faced by both the training institution and industry and address issues of skills mismatch.
On his part, Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) executive director George Khaki said it is critical for the Tevet system and industry to interact continuously to address various challenges faced on the job market.
He said: “We currently have the Covid-19 pandemic and skills mismatch issues which are among challenges being faced but through such engagements, we can together find solutions.
“We also believe that most reforms undertaken by Tevet are very welcome, but they must be anchored by law and policy without which it will be difficult.”