VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE
The Vocational Training Centre (VTC) was one of the first projects realised by the Charity.
In 1995 a team of craftsmen from Germany, together with a local team, spent eighteen days building a dormitory which now forms part of the of the VTC. In 1998 another similar team from Germany spent 2 weeks building and equipping the workshops. Several containers of carpentry, welding machinery and sewing machines were shipped from Germany to Tanzania to equip the VTC.
The VTC has continued to expand and develop its facilities and now provides a fantastic learning centre for 100 students to obtain practical qualifications in carpentry, metalwork & welding, electrical installation or tailoring. The students board at the VTC where they study for three years, leading to a National Vocational Level II Award. The VTC is an approved VETA college (The Vocational Educational and Training Authority in Tanzania) and is exceptionally well equipped.
The VTC is owned and operated by the Parish of Ifunda and is working towards being self-financing; it continues to receive support from the Charity to ensure it is well equipped and provides a positive environment for its students.
As part of the vocational qualification, students must also study additional subjects; Mathematics, Engineering Science, English Language and Communication Skills, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, Technical Drawing, and Computer Applications. In 2014, a new Computer Skills centre was built and equipped by the charity; it provides a facility for students and members of the community to learn essential computer skills which will equip them for the future. This was made possible through generous donations from supporters.