VETA Shinyanga introduces course on Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics
Last Update on:2018-02-26 10:26:00

VETA owned Shinyanga Regional Vocational Training and Service Centre has established a new course on Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics to support skills development for the extractive industry in the country.

The newly introduced course was launched on 19th February, 2018 during an event officiated by Ms Nathalie Garon, First Secretary-Development, High Commission of Canada, representing the government of Canada on one hand and Engineer Thomas Katebalirwe, representing the government of Tanzania on the other hand.

Other key officials who participated at the event held at VETA Shinyanga premises were Hildegardis Bitegera, the VETA Acting Director of Labour Market, Planning and Development who represented the Acting Director General of VETA; Dr. Alan Copeland, Senior technical advisor, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan); Wilhard Soko, Regional Director, VETA Western Zone; and Elias Kasitila, Manager representing Acacia Mining.

Speaking during the launching, Ms Bitegera said the new course was designed in response to labour market demand as VETA labour market surveys undertaken by VETA indicated the need for courses to cover the mining sector, particularly in the Lake and West zones which are surrounded by many mining activities with heavy foreign investment in mining exploration and extraction.

She said initially, VETA Shinyanga established Gemstone cutting Carving and Polishing followed by Plant Operations under government loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

She said the current labour market driven course of Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics was established with support from the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) through the Improving Skills Training for Employment Programme (ISTEP) implemented in collaboration with different technical and vocational education and training institutions in Tanzania. In implementation of ISTEP project, VETA Shinyanga is partnered with two colleges, namely College of New Caledonia and College of the Rockies.

She said the new course is expected to contribute significantly in producing skilled and competent manpower for the extractive industry in the country.

“Today we are telling people, particularly youth that we have a new training programme with potentially readily job opportunities, and therefore they should come for it. On the other hand, we are telling employers, particularly in the extractive and construction industries that they should expect from us skilled and competent manpower on Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics,” she said.

She added VETA Shinyanga also plans to establish additional mining courses including Drillers and Blustering, Ridgers, Coded welders, Boiler makers, Underground mine works, Ventilation techs in the underground mines, De-watering skills, and Geo-tech skills.

She thanked the government of Canada, which has supported the ISTEP project through CICan, thus contributing significantly into introduction of the new course.

“In fact, I must say, ISTEP partnership is of its kind as it works through facilitating collaboration between colleges with similar training programmes, therefore allowing sharing of expertise, experience and other resources. I thank you very much in particular for donating Heavy Duty Engines, equipment and other facilities as all well as supporting capacity building training to management and teachers of VETA in different areas including environment, gender mainstreaming, Key performance Indicators, career development, OHSE and marketing, ” she said.

On his part, the Principal of VETA Shinyanga Afridon Mkhomoi expressed great appreciation for his centre’s partner colleges: the College of New Caledonia and the Rockies for their significant support towards establishment of the new course.

He said, partner colleges’ support of equipment, tools and other training facilities enabled the centre to enrol 20 trainees for the new Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics course among them 16 males and four female.

“I urge youth to rush for the new course, which has great potential for jobs in the mining and construction sectors as currently there is scarcity of skilled craftsmen for repair and maintenance of heavy duty equipment,” he said.

The Acting Director of TVET Eng. Thomas Katebalirwe expressed hopes for VETA Shinyanga to become a centre of excellence in skills training for the extractive in the new future, but if it undertakes its trainings with high commitment, quality and creativity.

Representative from the College of New Colidonia (CNC), Romana Pasca, said her college realised the importance of supporting VETA Shinyanga with equipment and facilities in order to facilitate high enrolment of youth for the new course on Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics and enable Tanzania to develop skilled manpower for heavy duty equipment mechanics from within the country.

One of the trainees in the new course, Calvin Msafiri thanked VETA and its partners for introducing the course and said that trainees have hopes for getting jobs soon after graduating, thus enhance their economic situation.

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