By Azania Post Reporter
THE African Development Bank (AfDB) has issued loan to construct a regional training center of Vocation Education Training Authority (VETA) in Simiyu next year, the Parliament was informed in Dodoma.
This was said by the Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, William Ole Nasha, when responding to a question raised by Esther Midimu, Special Seats legislator (CCM).
The MP had wanted to know on government’s plans to construct the Regional VETA college in Simiyu. She said for a long time secondary school students in the region have been denied to access vocational training because of lack of a center.
Responding Deputy Minister Ole Nasha, said the government is planning to construct 43 vocational colleges at district level.
He said AFfDB has issued loan for the construction of the envisaged college in the region, the work is scheduled to commence February next year.
VETA Mechanics student working on an automobile part
Apart from Simiyu similar colleges would be constructed in Njombe, Rukwa and Geita regions, he noted.
Establishment of the college in Simiyu region was part of many programs targeting the youths and other interested members of the public as the country spearhead the industrialisation campaign.
Of late Simiyu which was established in 2012 has through its Regional Commissioner (RC) Anthony Mtaka vowed to seriously venture into agriculture and small industries under its selfstyled campaign, 'One District One Product'.
Apart from providing courses on short and long term basis, the authority had also planned to conduct outreach programs for those who can manage training costs by getting admissions in college campus.
Another integrated program will include making surveys on all unskilled youths, 'Jua Kali' with self designed skills introduced to brush them before introducing them to lending institutions for soft loans.
VETA is determined to introduce what she called Skills Enhancement Program for Simiyu Region with special focus on entrepreneurs engaged in small and medium activities.
Other specific areas of focus as animal husbandry and agriculture particularly horticulture that have become popular in recent years.