Malawi Enhancing Technical Entrepreneurial Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) Outcomes Project

Country: Malawi
Project location within country: Blantyre, Lilongwe
Duration: April 1, 2003 - March 31, 2008
Budget: $1.4 million
Project status: Complete

Project description

The project supported the Government of Malawi by increasing employment and self-employment through appropriate technical, entrepreneurial, vocational programming and policy supports. The project supported this goal by activities related to building and sustaining the Malawi Technical Entrepreneurial Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) system’s capacity to increase employment and self-employment through the development of market driven policies, management practices focused on community needs and student-centered teaching processes. Through the provision of training the project will increase the capacity of the various technical institutions to plan and implement demand-driven TEVET programming. 


The goal of the project was to support the Government of Malawi in its plan to reduce poverty by increasing employment and self-employment through appropriate technical, entrepreneurial vocational programming and policy supports.


Malawi Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training

Technical Entrepreneurial Vocational Education and Training Authority; Malawi Polytechnic

Colleges and Institutes Canada

Red River College, Winnipeg Manitoba 

Bow Valley College, Calgary Alberta 


This project supported the capacity development of the TEVET system in Malawi through five activity streams:

New policies on governance as well as other areas critical to the upgrading of the TEVET system were developed, and TEVET managers were trained in the implementation of these new policies, starting with the model schools. 
The development and implementation of training modules in strategic planning, financial management, human resource management and facilities management. All public technical college managers participated in the management training courses through the project. 
Eleven ‘master trainers’ were trained in Malawi and in Canada. The 13 modules of the program were given delivered in two-week sessions per year. The Malawi Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training Authority co-funded the teacher training with the Malawi Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training contributing finances to sustain the trainees while on training. These initiatives represent the sustainability of the teacher training program beyond the project timeframe. The initial trainees will received a joint Canadian (Red River College) diploma along with a Malawi diploma. 
Through Bow Valley College, the ‘Linkage Model’ Entrepreneurship Training was implemented in Malawi’s technical colleges. This model linked entrepreneurship knowledge with technical skills – not just as an add-on course. Trainers have been trained for replication in other colleges. The model schools implemented the new training on a pilot basis. 
The project developed two model technical colleges in Malawi. The policies and programs of the project were implemented, including management training, strategic planning and teacher training and entrepreneurship options. These model colleges include one urban college (Soche Technical College) and one rural college (Salima Technical College). Specific equipment was provided at the model colleges to assist with the implementation of the entrepreneurship and other programs. 

Contact us

Angela Wojcichowsky, Director, International Partnerships & Projects 
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, 20th St.
200 – 226 – 20th Street East | PO Box 1520,
Saskatoon SK  S7K 0R6 Canada

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