People with innovative ideas in commodity production have been asked to forward them to relevant authorities so as to be assisted through the small and medium enterprises incubation programme.
The call was made by the Dodoma Region acting general manager for Small Industries Development Organisation Ismail Tego, when making an address at a graduation ceremony of St Gabriel Vocational College.
He said the programme focuses on helping people with creative ideas to change their minds and finally help them set up commercial projects.
"This programme is aimed at helping entrepreneurs with technological and innovative ideas whose goal is to establish industries to conduct commercial activities that would ultimately enable them to earn supplemental income, create jobs and develop the economy.
For his part, Principle Fr Aloyce Babene, urged graduates to work hard so they could enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Apart from technical and vocational subjects taught in secondary school, he said, students also receive hands-on training on environmental conservation.
"You must present yourselves in a manner that distinguishes you from those who were not educated in this college…. Our main problem as Tanzanians is that we lack discipline at work. For us to live in harmony we must do away with indiscipline," he said.
He said even if the government insists on the minimum working hours to be eight, but they have to allocate extra time and avoid scandals for they will prevent them from performing work at required standards.
In addition, he urged, the graduates to create good quality commodities that meet the consumers desire in order to strengthen competition.
Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Celina Lazaro questioned why the government has been giving priority to secondary and university education than vocational studies.
She said it’s a common problem with many parents too whereby they urge their children to choose secondary and university education over vocational training. Yet a vocational school graduate has an advantage of seeking self employment, she said.
A total of 22 students who completed a three-year course in carpentry, tailoring and steel bearing were awarded certificates.