The president of Tanzania Dr. John Magufuli has the foundation stone at the International Vocational Education Training Centre (VETA) project, at Nyakato Ward, in Bukoba municipality. According to the government’s initiative of building more Vocational Education Training Centres (VETA) is aimed at supporting the country’s industrialisation drive. The sufficient number of vocational training colleges across the country, will be able to feed all the factories with skilled and competent labour force.
The US $9.5m centre will be able to accommodate between 800 and 1,000 students pursuing long and short courses, a move that would complement the government’s industrialisation drive.
“The government has thrown full weight on vocational education training centres, as they are the right platforms for youth to acquire technical skills. For us to achieve industrialisation, we need to invest more in vocational training colleges and this is what the government is doing, and we shall maintain the spirit,” he said.
The president further added that, right now, there are 712 vocational training colleges across the country, up from 672 that were recorded in 2015 and 62 of them are owned by the government.
“Out of 62 colleges, 20 serve the regional level, while the remaining 42 are at the district level. A total of 226,767 students have been admitted for vocational training in the country. This is an increase from 96,697 students, who were admitted for studies in 2015. Currently, government-owned colleges have a total of 56,400 students,” he said.
Furthermore, Dr Magufuli revealed that the government is also constructing 33 more VETA centres among which, four are regional and 29 at district level, insisting that the aim is to have at least one college in each district countrywide with the support of the Chinese government.