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Collaboration between the industry and the Technical, Entrepreneurial, and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) is important if the skills gaps at the workplace are to be effectively addressed, Teveta Director of Training Programmes , Modes to Gomani, has said.

Speaking in Blantyre at the Malawi Industrial Training Association (Mita) business breakfast, Gomani said the industry is a critical partner in the Technical, Entrepreneurial, and Vocational Education and Training (Tevet) sector because of the role it plays in skills development. He said the meeting will, therefore, provide feedback to the authority on how it can improve its service delivery.

“Our aim is to ensure that our interventions as Teveta should respond to your needs. We would like to ensure that as industry you get the best out of the Tevet levy you pay. We will continue to support Mita because we believe it is an important entity that provides a good interface between the industry and Teveta for effective skills development,” Gomani said.

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In his presentation, Illovo Group Human Resource Manager, Emmanuel Banda, urged the industry captains to adhere to work ethics and to come up with plans in order to enhance productivity at workplace.

“We should be addressing skills gaps at the workplace against acceptable standards. Let us also consider our competencies to ensure that we come up with effective training needs for our employees,” Banda said.

During the meeting, Mita members urged Teveta to come up with a competency framework and to use accredited trainers to ensure that the training provided responds to the needs of the industry.

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Making his contribution, Lafarge Malawi Managing Director, Albert Sigei, hailed the meeting saying it would enable the captains of the industry to come up with ways on how they can get the best out of the Tevet levy.

“Tevet levy is very important in ensuring that Malawi has a skilled workforce. But for us as industry to make good use of the levy we need to come up with strategies,” Segei said.

During the meeting, members came up with an action committee charged with the task to resuscitate the training association which they observed had not been active in the past years. Mita was established in 2002 as a leading training association in industry for economic development.

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