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Article Number - BFC127F63240


Vol.9(2), pp. 9-19 , March 2017
DOI: 10.5897/IJVTE2016.0211




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An analysis of the technical and vocational skills gaps in the manufacturing industry in Malawi



Andrew Chimpololo
  • Andrew Chimpololo
  • University of Malawi, Malawi.
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 Received: 09 August 2016  Accepted: 01 March 2017  Published: 31 March 2017

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This study presents the findings of skills scoping study for the manufacturing industry in Malawi. The study analyse the skills gaps in the sector to inform the development and review processes of technical and vocational education programmes in the country to help balance the demand and supply of skills equilibrium. Currently, research indicates a mismatch between the range of programmes in training institutions and needs of the industry due to weak linkages. The study used interviews, questionnaire and document analysis to investigate the skills situation. While most of the required skills are readily available on the local market, the results reveal a scarcity of expertise in certain critical areas within the beverages, agro-processing, plastics and packaging as well as assembly sectors. There are also quality and quantity shortfalls affecting the supply of technical and vocational skills. The depth of course content is low in fields such as automobile engineering (designing and assembling). The results further indicated that the industry is lacking multi-skilled technicians capable of performing multiple functions within their areas of expertise. Furthermore, a majority of the technical personnel in all the four sectors of the manufacturing industry possess limited supervisory and communication skills.

Key words: Technical, entrepreneurial and vocational education and training (TEVET), skills gaps, manufacturing industry, Malawi.

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APA Chimpololo, A. (2017). An analysis of the technical and vocational skills gaps in the manufacturing industry in Malawi. International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education, 9(2), 9-19.
Chicago Andrew Chimpololo. "An analysis of the technical and vocational skills gaps in the manufacturing industry in Malawi." International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education 9, no. 2 (2017): 9-19.
MLA Andrew Chimpololo. "An analysis of the technical and vocational skills gaps in the manufacturing industry in Malawi." International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education 9.2 (2017): 9-19.
   
DOI 10.5897/IJVTE2016.0211
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