Malawi community colleges to reduce hunt for jobs – Minister

The introduction of community technical colleges will help to reduce unemployment rate and create wealth for the country, the Minister of Labour, Henry Mussa said on Thursday.

Mussa being interviewed by the Press - Pic by Solister Mogha

Mussa being interviewed by the Press – Pic by Solister Mogha

Mussa, briefing the press in Lilongwe, also revealed that government would officially launch the community technical college programme next Friday at Ngala in Karonga.

Mussa said the main reason why Malawi continued to register high rates of unemployment was because many people were being trained for white-collar than blue-collar jobs.

This, he said, had made people to be inactive and less creative, hence government’s intention to have community technical colleges in almost all districts.

Mussa said: “I wish to inform Malawians that President Prof. Peter Mutharika will on Friday next week officially launch the community technical college programme.

“This is one of the most important initiatives that will help in equipping our youth with various skills and also making them economically independent.

“Once fully established, the colleges will graduate about 28,000 artisans who will be fully independent, thereby reducing the number of the unemployed in the country.”

Apart from enrolling Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) graduates, the colleges will also take onboard people with different artisan skills and empower them with entrepreneurship knowledge so that they become economically independent and play a leading role in improving the social economic status of the country.

Mussa said that government was also in the process of establishing a Development Bank that would provide loans to fresh graduates from technical colleges to enable them to start small businesses.

“We don’t want these people to start looking for jobs once they graduate,” he said. “We want them to stand on their own and as one way of making sure that this purpose is achieved, government will set aside money in the development bank for that course.”

Every year, about 11,000 students graduate from the country’s universities while about 50,000 finish MSCE level. The numbers are more than the job market can absorb.

Currently, about two million people are jobless, a development that Mussa said was worrisome.

Mussa expressed the hope that once fully utilized, the technical colleges would help to create jobs and at the same time reduce the country’s poverty levels.

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12 thoughts on “Malawi community colleges to reduce hunt for jobs – Minister”

  1. PHODO says:


  2. muonosile says:

    I’ve heard that you have recruited quite a good number of candidates for this training. If I may ask, how do you get these candidates?l we expected to see advertisements in papers and other communication channels but I for one have not seen any advert. for this. Is it also through back doors that these candidates get to be selected? pls help Hon.Minister.

  3. Kaithaze Chipundwe says:

    I wish to see only one son of a minister go to these community colleges and then i will be convinced that this is real deal.

  4. Mwama Du says:

    MALAWI WILL is never out of our leaders’ lips. Let us move from WILL to IS.

  5. The Truthful One from the West says:

    This is a programme that is wholly based on a fundamental flawed reasoning and lack of sufficient understanding of the major problem of the Malawi economy. Is there sufficient demand for services and products to be put on the market by these graduates? Mussa and DPP do not know why 2million Malawians are unemployed.

  6. mike kamanga says:

    Koma padzakhala msika wakatundu okonzedwayo?

  7. Dr. Vxorexalho says:

    This would perhaps be a helpful idea if it can be done strategically and in good faith.

  8. Make sure tools and materials are available becoz reports are showing that,since january the institutions hadly has any materials,tools and reference materials.Despite that theoretical part of the courses is going on roughly,however this may give room for doubting thomasses to start downgrading the concept.

  9. Martin says:

    Say what ever you can say,ma youthfe have no intetest in what ever you say.Bodza basi.Tamango sungani ndevu zanuzo.Mwatha zipani zingati kumango ombera manja zili zonse?

  10. angoni says:

    Vuto lokhala ndimbuli ngati azitsogoleri ndi limeneli. Kodi ma technical kunalibe kale lonseli. Ma mechanic sipaja amapita ku shire bus lines ndi ku toyota kukapanga ma practical? Ok. Ndiye when the students finish their studies who will employ them. Are we investing enough on the job market?

    1. Malindima says:

      Government can not create jobs baba!! It can only train people and assist with loans for them to go and ply their trade.

  11. wanda says:

    Hon minister, where will the dinner and dance be held after launching the program? Kkkkkkkkkk. You always celebrate in style after launching something. This time come and celebrate in Zomba. Your supporters would welcome it.

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