Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Compete at International level, Kayonza VTC graduates told

Compete at International level Compete at International level, Kayonza VTC graduates told

Compete at International level,

Twenty six trainees at Kayonza Vocational Training Center (VTC) in the Eastern Province have been awarded certificates after completing a three months training in welding and metal fabrication.

The training was supported by the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) where Kayonza VTC received 18.6 million Rwf in the first round of Skills Development Fund (SDF) grants, awarded in November 2012.

Officiating at the ceremony, Ephrem Musonera the Acting Principal of IPRC-East urged graduates to go beyond the local labour market needs and compete at regional and international level.

He also told graduates to match their skills with the country’s development policies like vision 2020 and EDPRS2.

Basing on skills acquired in welding and metal fabrication which have already started enabling him earn some income , one of the graduates Jean de Dieu Kalisa is very optimistic about self employment.

According to the Director of Kayonza VTC Ally Shaban Ziwa, the graduates have the advantage of having the school located in an area that is engaged in many construction projects related to what they have been taught.

Trainees are also facilitated to do internships both in Rwanda and neighboring countries.

The Skills Development Project (SDP) Manager Wilson Muyenzi advised graduates to have passion for their career and to form cooperatives before seeking financial support for self employment.

Over 500 million francs was awarded to 17 winners of first round of the Skills Development Fund (SDF) grants through support by the World Bank.

Kayonza vocational school which is among the 17 winners started in 1999 and besides the 26 trainees under the support by SDP, it also has 220 students training in Hotel Management and Tourism.

Both the school Management and WDA officials at the ceremony noted the need for a strong public awareness aimed at encouraging more girls to join TVET.

A recent study showed that the number of girls joining vocational schools is still very low and showed the need to find ways of raising awareness on the matter.


Compete at International level, Kayonza VTC graduates told


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