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Skilled labour critical in fighting poverty—Kandodo

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Minister of Labour, Ken Kandodo, has emphasised that Malawi needs relevant skilled labour-force for it to move away from the poverty bracket.

He said for the country to produce adequate relevant workforce, there is need to have assessments that measure competences demanded by industry.

Kandodo made the remarks Friday during the official closing of the capacity building activity for Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (Tevet) Authority examiners in Lilongwe.

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He explained that government attaches great importance to Tevet because it is one of the key factors to the building of a new Malawi.

“A better Malawi has its roots in skilled workforce.

The importance of skills development cannot be over emphasised, more especially as the country is striving to become a predominantly exporting nation,” he said.

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He further pointed out the need to have an equally improved level of training in all Tevet training institutions.

The four-day training, which was facilitated by the Malawi National Examination Board, was funded by European Union.

Delegation of the European Union to Malawi representative, Ivo Hoefkens, said human capital is the main resource that Malawi has hence the need to invest in it.

Tevet Executive Director, Wilson Nkhoma, noted that there has been an expansion in Tevet activities as more training institutions have been constructed which has enabled government to employ additional instructors.

He then said the training was critical, because the new instructors needed capacity building.

The workshop brought together instructors involved in developing good assessment tools in various institutions.

Instructors from the Northern and Central region converged in Lilongwe while those in the Southern and Eastern region had their training in Blantyre.

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