The European Union (EU) funded Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) conducted stakeholders’ workshop in Lilongwe aimed at strengthening stakeholder capacity to understand, analyse and discuss policy issues in the TEVET sector.

The Director of Technical and Vocation training in the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Aubrey Matemba opened the two-day workshop that took place at Crossroads hotel in Lilongwe from 7th to 8th March 2019.

He encouraged participants to give the training the seriousness it deserves, with the aim of developing the TEVET sector in Malawi.

The aim of the workshop was to enable TEVET stakeholders to operate from a common base of knowledge, provide TEVET stakeholders with the knowledge to appropriately and effectively engage with each other and ensure that TEVET stakeholders are ably representing and communicating to their communities or constituencies, among others.

The workshop started with identifying the TEVET stakeholder capacity needs, capacity building training design, facilitating training workshop and an evaluation of the training session.

Some of the challenges identified were; policy misunderstanding, stakeholder training support deficiency, TEVET negative perception, disjointed education and training activities, lack of proper monitoring and evaluation and TEVET certification confusion.

At the end of the workshop, participants expressed the need for explicit policy about the roles and functions of different stakeholders.

They also recommended that the capacity building workshops should be held at the local level as one way of increasing awareness.

Some of the stakeholders that attended the training are; the Ministry of Education, Malawi  Building  and  Civil-Engineering  Allied  Traders Association (MABCATA),Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA), Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM), the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU), the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, The Polytechnic, Office of the President and Cabinet, Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI), Lilongwe Water Board, Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA), the Ministry of Health and Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute.

UNESCO is implementing part of the European Union funded Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) in Malawi. The project is working to improve access to TEVET, review the qualifications system, update curricula, and review the governance and management of the TEVET system, and teachers training.