Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training Authority(Teveta) says there are critical skills gaps in pastry and bakery in the country.
Speaking during a baking and pastry training graduation in Mzuzu, the authority’s acting director of quality assurance Charles Mataya Phiri said to address such gaps, the authority, in conjunction with Mzuzu University (Mzuni), has trained 30 master craft persons in baking and pastry in the Northern Region.
“This is an area that people are not doing very well in some parts of the country. People should not travel to other cities to access these services when they can get them within their localities,” he said.
On his part, Mzuni dean of the faculty of tourism, hospitality and management Daniel Harawa said the university has been training its members of staff in various countries to acquire skills to start offering training in this area.
“With support from government and the World Bank, we are constructing a skills development centre that will provide appropriate training facilities to offer such kind of training,” he said.
A beneficiary from Likoma Island, Win Chomera, said the skills she acquired are rare on the island and she expects to teach others the same.
Currently, Chomera supplies 25 000 scones in her area.