Speaking during Business Breakfast Meeting in Blantyre, TEVET Regional Service Centre Manager Elliot Mulanje said his institution and the body of Voice of Employers are working together to uplift the lives of young people in the country through different initiatives. He said ECAM is doing a lot in skills development across the country.
“Our relationship with the Voice of Employers in Malawi is very good as we all deal with work related issues. We do expect a lot from ECAM and any other employer to hire a number of Malawians as TEVET system relies on creating employment,” he said adding that it is always important for employers to train its employees.
During the meeting Mulanje reminded employers to pay TEVET Levy as it is a legal requirement which every good corporate citizen must comply. He said there are penalties for non-compliance.
”As stipulated in the TEVET Act, Section 21 (1), an additional sum of 20% of unpaid TEVET Levy shall become due and payable by employers by way of penalty. Any levy penalty payable by an employer shall be a debit due to the TEVETA and may be recovered from such employers as a civil debt by way of summary suit,” added Mulanje.
In his remarks, ECAM Vice President Sean Longwe said despite some challenges in 2017 his organisation has achieved some remarkable developments that are milestone to the country’s development.
“2017 has been challenging in as far as labour industry is concerned, but as ECAM we have achieved a number of things. One of the notable achievements in the year is the launch of Global Apprenticeships Network - GAN in Malawi.
Our members are benefiting as GAN is a coalition of committed companies, employers’ federations, associations and international organisations dedicated to promote apprenticeships with the goal of creating job opportunities for the youth and ensuring skills for business,” said Longwe appealing to all ECAM members to subscribe to the global network.
Besides, the Voice of Employers during the meeting updated its members on 2016 proposed Amendments of Labour Laws as well as ECAM 2017 activities.