14 New Technical Schools To Be Constructed

The government of Rwanda through Workforce Development Authority (WDA) has announced plans to build ten new fully equipped Vocational Training Center (VTCs) and four new Business Incubation Centers (BICs) to provide vocational skills to youth.

Jerome Gasana, the Director General of WDA said the institutions will be constructed and adequately equipped in the districts of: Nyarugenge, Gakenke, Burera, Nyamasheke, Gatsibo, Kayonza, Rwamagana, Kirehe, Nyagatare, and Nyanza.

Gasana also said that the schools will enhance the quality of skills training in districts that currently have few technical institutions and the secondary cities as key priorities for business incubation centers.

The WDA boss was addressing principals of technical institutions and district officials from Eastern province at Dereva Hotel in Rwamagana yesterday.

The new technical schools will be built in planned phases for a span of four years at an estimated cost of $81 million (about Rwf68 billions).

Nyarugenge, Rubavu, Nyagatare and Huye districts will also each get one fully equipped business incubation center.

WDA indicated that the prime focus of the project is to improve quality and relevance of vocational education by incorporating institutional development and capacity building.

“Investing in human capital requires that we develop a globally competitive workforce that would support the socio-economic development of Rwanda” Gasana said.

This project is coming to ensure that technical and vocational education training institutions are well equipped with state-of-the-art tools and equipment, the right learning environment, well-trained and motivated facilitators and well-developed curriculum that meets industry standards.

Gasana said currently a comprehensive skill gap analysis and auditing is being conducted to help identify the relevant skills required by industry and support job creation.

This, he said, is meant to reduce the current supply driven approach where people were trained without reference to the skills on demand by the labor market.

WDA targets to have every VTC attain an annual enrollment of 400 trainees who are expected to conclude their training in an average of nine months.

Every VTC is expected to train students in shifts and there will be alternation of classroom setting from theory to practical work inside workshops.

The courses to be introduced in the VTCs will be competency-based and will cover the following initial priority sectors that will be introduced in the new project focus.

These include: construction, hospitality and tourism, energy, agriculture, food processing, manufacturing and mining, technical services, ICT, arts and crafts, media and film making, water management and sanitation.

Other courses will include transportation, business services, security services, welfare, health and social services, beauty and aesthetics, physical fitness and sports.