Upgrading Carpentry skills for TVET Trainers

The Workforce Development Authority (WDA) in collaboration with the German Development Cooperation through GIZ Eco-Emploi Programme organized a training of trainers (ToT) for TVET trainers in Carpentry and in-company trainers.
Trainees in a practical session
Seven technical modules complemented by pedagogic and didactic approach started on 16th January and will continue till the 27th January 2017. This training is being held at Rubengera Technical Secondary School (RTSS) located in Karongi District, in the Western Province.
Another session of demonstrating carpentry skills.
In his opening remarks, WDA Director for TVET training Theodore Habimana stressed the importance of labour market competitive competencies and the crucial role played by TVET trainers and in-company trainers.

He added that the two groups of trainers have to facilitate trainees to acquire skills, which enable to the standard of producing high quality products ‘Made in Rwanda’.

He added that the two groups of trainers have to facilitate trainees to acquire skills, which enable to the standard of producing high quality products ‘Made in Rwanda’, and also learning about production processes such as waste management issues. 

Participants of the carpentry training include 24 employees from the Integrated Craft Production Centres (ICPCs) of Bugesera, Gisagara, Karongi, Kicukiro, Ruhango, Rubavu, and Rusizi districts; together with members of “Twitezimbere Ababaji” a cooperative of carpenters from Musanze district.

Others are from REAL Contractors ltd and TVET trainers from Kigembe VTC, Nyamata TSS, Mpanda VTC, Padri Vjeko TSS, Gisagara VTC, Mwogo VTC and Nyanza VTC.

Successful participants will be further trained to become master trainers to support skills upgrading among company employees, TVET trainees and fresh graduates. There will also be an award of ‘Certificates of Competence’ by WDA.

Among the trainers were an international carpentry craftsman from Germany, Tim Bluthardt, as well as five best performers and master trainers from previous carpentry trainings. 

The process of mobilizing employees of ICPCs and cooperative to participate in this training was supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and East African Community Affairs (MINEACOM), department of industry and entrepreneurship development.