The government has said it will continue de-registering substandard vocational training colleges currently mushrooming in the country in order to get qualified and competent graduates.
The aim is to get graduates who will create jobs for themselves and for others instead of flooding the labour market.
The warning was sounded by acting director of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) department in the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training David Kazuva, adding that so far a total of 350 colleges out of 700 had been inspected and approved since the exercise started nine months ago.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony at Eagle Wings Training College in Dar es Salaam yesterday, during which it also marked five years since its establishment, Kazuva said vocational training colleges should make sure that they meet all the qualifications or risk being deregistered.
“As I am speaking now, we have approved 350 of them and the exercise is still going on. We are determined to make sure that substandard colleges do not get the chance to offer this very important training to our youths and future teachers,” he said.
He advised graduates from educational and vocational training colleges to form groups so they can secure seed capital to start ventures rather than opting for employment.
“Our aim is not to create job seekers, but we are committed and determined to make sure that we get job creators for themselves and others,” he said.
Earlier, the college's principal, Samwel Sinda, advised youths to join vocational training colleges so they can earn income through self-employment.
Citing an example, he said his college started with four students five years ago, but because of awareness on the importance of vocational training, the number had now reached more than 700 students.
He said some of the graduates from the college had managed to employe themselves in information and communication technology while others used their knowledge and skills to launch small income-generating projects.
Earlier in the morning, the college held a youth bonanza before visiting Mzimbazi orphan centre where they participated in cleaning the surroundings before donating various items, including soap, rice, cooking oil and other foodstuff.