The state minister in charge for TVET Albert Nsengiyumva has urged all TVET schools to play a pivotal role in addressing the challenge of unemployment facing surrounding local residents especially the youth.
Minister Nsengiyumva made the call while visiting the South to assess the status of TVET schools in the southern province, an exercise that will continue to other provinces.
“TVET training centers should not only train young people, but also go an extra mile to ensure creation of employment for the communities where they operate,” said Nsengiyumva
He further urged TVET schools to prioritize linking skills delivered with demands on the labor market.
“Apart from providing hands-on skills, TVET providers should teach language and communication skills so that graduates can market their technical skills on the labor market.”
According to the state minister, teaching skills is not enough since communication also helps one to express what he/she knows.
On his first stop over at Nyanza TSS, the minister also advised school managers to develop strong ties with local authorities, the private sector and other stakeholders if they have to make a great impact in skills development.
The Minister also emphasized maximum utilization of training equipment and strengthening production units for self sustenance.
Bringing on board of more female students in TVET is still a big challenge facing these schools. Nyanza TSS is one of the best performing TVET schools in the southern province. But out of 688 students in this school, only 91 are females.
This, the Minister said should be given priority through raising awareness and giving the females all available chances to lure them into