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Maone Vocational Training Centre

IZF realises that skilled labour is key for the development of Malawi. this is the reason why IZF Board with the assistance from Islamic Development Bank (IDB) established this vocational centre which is registered under Technical Entrepreneurial Vocatonal Educational Authority (TEVETA) as a training provider in Bricklaying, Carpentry and Joinery, and Plumbing. The Centre trains both male and female students in apprenticeship which will help them get employed, to be self-reliant and support their families, communities and the Malawi nation. In 2018 academic year first group of short courses started on 17th January and ended on 25th April with 176 trainees. The Malawi Relief Fund (MRF) UK pays the operation costs for training students and it pledged to help in completing hostels and construction of new workshop for welding and electrical courses.

Maone Vocational Training Centre is an initiative of Islamic Zakaat Fund (IZF) which was established in 2008. It was registered in March, 2010 with the Technical Entrepreneurial Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) as a training provider. Board members provide policy direction and operational guidelines.

The main objective behind the establishment of MVTC was to train a diverse and effective workforce and entrepreneurs that support the social and economic growth and sustainability of Malawi. Therefore MVTC targets both male and female school leavers, school drop-outs, semiskilled and the physically challenged. The entr y requirements are a Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) or Junior Certificate of Education (JCE). After graduation, MVTC follows up its trainees to see if they have acquired a job or not. For those that have jobs, they are registered in MVTC's data base

The operating cost for the center is now covered by Malawi Relief Fund-MRF. The MRF entered agreement with Islamic Zakaat Fund, to provide annual support for operating cost of the center. The support is provided through supporting each cohort.

Challenges faced by the MVTC

  2. Although many youth are benefitting from the centre, there is a big challenge for accommodation. Hostels are still under construction, however, management wishes to invite well wishers to support the construction of the hostels

  4. Having successfully trained students in carpentry, Bricklaying, and plumbing, management of the Centre wishes to introduce new courses such as Welding and Fabrication, Electrical Installation. This calls for more funds to procure learning materials and construction of new classes.

More details about the budget can be obtained from our Office upon request.