Experience in the sector since 2013
Being nominated by the Zambian Ministry of Higher Education to become a member of the Skills Advisory Group (SAG) two years ago was a significant milestone for us. This government-driven committee is aimed at bringing the water and sanitation employers, employees and skills providers together to exchange knowledge on skills and labour market needs. The membership recognised the impact of our work since 2013 in the field of vocational education and our experience in linking industry and vocational training, gained in working with the Lusaka Vocational Training Center (LVTC). For example with industry-led training, where we bring together vocational training and experts from the water sector since 2016. In the partnership with LVTC, we enable young people from structurally disadvantaged urban areas to receive vocational training, finance internship programmes, support the school in terms of infrastructure and personnel and foster their linkage with experts.
In Autumn 2022, we hosted the SAG in our Lusaka office for the last mentoring session of the internship programme 2022. The proud participants of the internship program together with Alex Simumba, Director from the Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training ministry at the WfW office in Lusaka.
National Reform of the Water Sector
Workshop Practical Learning Unit Development, with Thandiwe Tembo (WfW), unknown, Rose Lyanguma (former LVTC student supported by WfW, now teacher at the LVTC) and Fred Chimpukutu from Lusaka Water Supply and Sanitation Company (LWSC).
Last year, we started a partnership with a second vocational training institution (MTTI in Mansa) and we took various roles within the framework of the national Reform of the Water Sector (RWS II). Here, we were able to contribute, together with various other experts, our many years of expertise. We were able to act as an expert (e.g. development of a curriculum, Practical Learning Units, and a concept for Dual Vocational Technical Training for Water Supply and Sanitation Operations Courses), to fund activities (e.g. for the Recognition of Prior Learning and the rehabilitation of MTTI), to host a Workshop for Practical Learning Units and to implement the rehabilitation work at the MTTI in Mansa. A wide range of different activities to achieve the goal of strengthening vocational education and training in Zambia and to support the two ministries involved.
We continue to strive for empowered learners and successful professionals
With our extensive experience over the last few years, working with vocational institutions as well as an expert in the water sector or being a member of the SAG, we continue to strive for empowered learners and successful professionals. Our new partnership with the Liechtenstein Development Service (LED) allows us to sharpen and further contribute our knowledge and experience in accessible vocational education and training. Not only to further close the gap between industry and vocational training institutions, but also to tackle the next steps beyond: The focus here is on nationwide scalability and innovative linking of elements such as the development of digital approaches, the establishment of an education hub, the establishment of career support services for graduates and the pilot introduction of the dual education approach in the water sector that we co-developed last year.
LED Managing Director Andreas Sicks, WfW Project Manager Samuel Renggli, WfW Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director Morris Etter and LED Project Manager Miriam Speh.
We look forward to continuing our work to persistently pursue our goal of implementing sustainable and holistic solutions in the water sector.