Stephanos Vocational Training Centre

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TEACHING REAL SKILLS TO EMPOWER MALAWIANS”

Establishment of the College

Stephanons Vocational Training Centre (SVTC) is a subsidiary of Stephanos Foundation. It is an Institution that provides vocational training skills to all classes of youth in Malawi, including the vulnerable and the physically challenged. The SVTC was launched in 2002, with an aim of providing Vocational skills to the orphans. It started by offering Informal Training in three Basic trades of Bricklaying, Carpentry and Tailoring. In 2007 the institution was upgraded to a fully-fledged, nationally and internationally recognized Vocational Training Centre, then it got registered by TEVETA in 2008 as an accredited institution.

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Courses offered

The institution now offers is now nine courses namely: – Agriculture & Agribusiness, Horticulture, Electrical & Solar Installation, Hospitality & Tourism, Plumbing & Irrigation Pipelining, and Tailoring& Fashion designing, Community Development, Bricklaying, and Carpentry & Joinery.

The Examining bodies for the courses offered are TEVETA, Trade Test, Institute for Commercial Management (ICM), and DICLA-Agri- SETA, and ABMA.

Some   of the courses are offered in the formal sector while some are offered in both formal and informal sections. Since its inception, the college has maintained the examination pass rate of between 85-100%, and an average rate of 65% employment for its graduates.

Income generating activities

The major source of the college finances is school fees, but the college has extra income generating activities such as an Agriculture department which generates farm produce for sale such as livestock and vegetables. In this time of covid -19, the institution is also mending masks for sale as part of generating income.

Stakeholders

Some of the students undergoing training at the institution are vulnerable and they are supported by organisations such as Aquaid Lifeline, SOS Children’s Village Home, Timotheus, Teveta, Miqlat and GAIA.  SVTC is also in partnership with GIZ, a German based organization which is championing for Agriculture & Agribusiness in Technical Colleges. There is also Verburg Charitas Foundation organisation based in Netherlands, which has constructed a hostel and a Study Centre. This will boost students’ enrolment and hence the finances of the institution.

Enrolment

The SVTC has an intake capacity of above 300 students per academic year both in the Formal and informal Training programs. The average gender distribution is 48% for females and 52% for Male students; however, many female students opt for non- Technical courses of Tailoring & Fashion Designing and Hospitality & Tourism, and Community Development. There are also more females than males in the Agriculture courses. However, the Institution encourages the females to aspire for the engineering courses as well.

Staffing

The Institution has a total of 20 members of staff, twelve males and eight females, that is both academic and support staff.

As the statistics indicate, SVTC has more male than female employees, the institution strives to have a balanced ration of both genders, and this is going to be achieved in the near future.

 SVTC as an organized institution

Mission Statement

Stephanos College mission is to provide a Comprehensive Package of Vocational Education, Technical. Entrepreneurial and Communication Skills which are Equitably Accessed and are in line with Industrial Advancement and Biblical Principles

Vision

Stephanos College envisions its Graduates become Employable Human Resource; Successful Entrepreneurs and God Fearing Citizens in the Community they serve

Core Values

  1. Integrity Christ Centered (Exhibit Brotherly Love Character in all conduct)
  2. (Professionalism at work place and beyond)
  3. Wardship (Self responsibility and Accountability)
  4. Dignity (Respect others Irrespective of age, ability, disability and gender)
  5. Quality (Effective & Efficient Service Delivery)
  6. Equity (Accessible programs based on proficiency level)
    1. Discipleship (Ideal Christianity and Willingness to learn and adopt new innovations)
    2. Unity (Team spirit in performance of duties)

Objectives

5.1. Provision of Academic and Support Staff

  1. Adequate and well qualified Staff
  2. Effective Instructors who are Role models to students and colleagues

5.2. Provision of Infrastructure and Accessories

  1. Adequate learning rooms, furniture and workshop benches
  2. Adequate Tools and Machinery
  3. Provision of adequate accommodation

5.3. Provision of Teaching and Learning Resources

  1. Raw materials for practical lessons
  2. Prudent purchase and use of materials
  3. Availability of Instructors teaching resources
  4. Availability of Students learning and study resources

5.4. Provision of Industrial Attachment Opportunity to students

  1. Essential element in training program to equip students with industrial knowledge
  2. Engaging and lobbying the Industry to provide attachment places for students
  3. Conducting Educational visits

5.5. Develop Curricula to suit current demands of the Industry

  1. Through constant engagement with the industry
  2. Through use of internet information
  3. Through information from Standards organization like Malawi Bureau of Standards. Through the adaptation of Millennium Development Goals

Compliance and regulations

The main regulatory body of VTC is TEVETA. This ensures the institution adheres by the rules and regulations of Technical Education as far as quality Education is concerned. As such, SVTC is registered and accredited by the authority since 2008.

Core activities of the institution

SVTC institution hinges on the following core activities:

  1. Train Students in:
    1. Vocational and Technical skills
    2. Communication and Entrepreneurial skills
    3. Discipleship
  2. Provision of Academic and Support Staff
    1. Adequate and well qualified Staff
    2. Effective Instructors who are Role models to students and colleagues
  3. Provision of Infrastructure and Accessories
    1. Adequate learning rooms, furniture and workshop benches
    2. Adequate Tools and Machinery
    3. Provision of adequate accommodation
  4. Provision of Teaching and Learning Resources
    1. Raw materials for practical lessons
    2. Prudent purchase and use of materials
    3. Availability of Instructors teaching resources
    4. Availability of Students learning and study resources
  5. Provision of Industrial Attachment Opportunity to students
    1. Essential element in training program to equip students with industrial knowledge
    2. Engaging and lobbying the Industry to provide attachment places for students
    3. Conducting Educational visits
  6. Linkage with other Institutions for students exchange learning programs
    1. Through sporting activities
    2. Through educational visits
  7. Develop Curricula to suit current demands of the Industry
    1. Through constant engagement with the industry
    2. Through use of internet information
    3. Through information from Standards organization like Malawi Bureau of Standards
    4. Through the adaptation of Millennium Development Goals
  8. Interaction with the Community through PTA Meetings
    1. To appreciate impact of the SC training programs within the Community
    2. To train students in their role of community social responsibility

SVTC Organogram

Stephanos VTC is headed by the principal who is responsible for administrating daily operations of the Institution and she is assisted by the Deputy Principal who oversees the overall implementation of projects, trainings and students’ welfare. Below the Deputy Principal is the Secretary who collects and records school fees and other administrative issues. After the Secretary there are Instructors and Assistant Instructors who train the Students, Managing the class activities and assessing the performance of the students. Then comes the Matron and the patron who are responsible for the welfare of students, and then a Librarian. At the base we have an Office assistant, the Kitchen staff, and a ground worker.

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