“As Minister Mushimba Inspects Solwezi TTI, and expresses Happiness of the training set up”
Higher Education Minister Engineer Dr. Brian Mushimba said encroachment and building on an institutional land were illegal and subject to impunity.
Dr. Mushimba expressed sadness about the encroachment of Solwezi Trades Training Institute.
The Minister was speaking today when he inspected Solwezi Trades Training Institute (SOLTI),15th December 2020, in Solwezi Western Province.
Dr. Mushimba however said his Ministry will establish measures to safeguard the institutions’ boundaries to protect the College land from further unlawful activities.
Honorable Mushimba encouraged the Institute management to undertake outreach programs to the community and schools to disseminate information on TEVET Bursaries to strengthen career talks for the potential students.
He expressed happiness with the training set up and partnerships established by the College.
Dr. Mushimba said the focus of the Government under the leadership of His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is to take vocational skills training close to people in all far-flung areas to create competencies by imparting critical skills and consequently creating self-employment and further changing the lives of the young people in the country.
Dr. Mushimba commended the college for being creative in tackling training activities to cushion some of the challenges experienced.
Minister Mushimba stressed a point by encouraging the college management to take advantage of the liberalized economy and begin to think outside the box to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and enhance income generation to supplement Government efforts.
Minister Mushimba was grateful with Kwambula, a model training Institute seating on Solwezi TTI and run by Lumwana based on an MoU partnership with the college, Minister Mushimba added that the partnership must be enhanced to create an enabling environment for both parties and long-standing collaborations.
And College Principal Ethel Mbewe said the Institute has increased youth and adult literacy in the community. She added that all students undergoing training at Solwezi TTI graduate with entrepreneurial skills to help them enterprise in the informal sector with well-prepared mindsets.
Apart from some cited challenges, the college Principal however applauded the Government for the huge support of procuring new modern training equipment that will improve training.
Principal Mbewe was proud that the college 26 hectares Kwambula farm has over a while increased farm produces that is supplied to the community. She further said the farm is also using the agricultural activities at the college farm for training purposes through student’s “hands-on”.
Sowlezi Trades Training Institute has collaborated with BHL and Caretus, other partners include Lumwana and Kalumbila mining companies training exchange programs.
Chanda Muwowo – PRO MoHE