On 22 July 2019, ZMB Planning and Development Office organized training for the Job Service Officers of the Salesian TVET centres in Chingola, Lufubu, Mhwange and Kabwe. The aim of the training was to empower the JSOs on skills needed in order be effective and efficient in the Province.
In his address during the opening ceremony ZMB PDO director, Brother Walter Thyrniang urged participants to take the training seriously and reminded them that this training will help the JSOs reach more young people in the course of their duty. He also encouraged the participant to collaborate with other stakeholders like the past pupils, parents, companies and other stakeholders.
This training was facilitated by Joseph Phelatu the PJSO and Precious Chilupsya the vice principal of Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute, Lilongwe Malawi. Among the topics covered were, understanding the role of the JSO and understanding labour market needs among others. He also presented the JSO quality manual and in a summarized manner took the participants through it. At the end of the presentation there was a moment of questions and clarification.
In his presentation, Mr Precious elaborated on JSO mandate taken from the present situation in Malawi. He shared more on what Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute is doing to recruit students, training, and placing them for the job and how they follow up their progress. Documents were shared for the other JSOs to adopt or use them as reference in their context.
The training ended with sharing of experiences and suggestions for the future after having this training as a preamble to the future trainings in the province.
Lutanga appreciated the organizers of this training and urged the PDO office to be empowered and more training to be conducted to promote the work of the JSO in the province. After the training ended participants visited Chingola Technical Secondary School workshops and agricultural.
By: Joseph Phelatu (JSO-Lilongwe Malawi)