Technical and vocational colleges have been urged to align their courses in line with the skills requirements and opportunities ushered in by the devolution process.

Manicaland Province Minister of State Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba who officiated at a Mutare Polytechnic College symposium said there is need for colleges to produce graduates that suit the current skills requirements for the devolution process.

“Technical and vocational training is critical for the development of the country. The technical skills are critical in transforming the economy hence colleges should provide mentorship and incubation for grandaunts to ensure the skills benefits the economy especially in light of the opportunities presented by the devolution process,” she said.

Mutare Polytechnic College Principal, Ms Poniso Watema said efforts are being made to ensure the courses at her institution align with the current economic development needs while students exhibited some of the projects being pursued at the college in order to meet the skills demand in the province.

“Training curriculum should be reviewed in the interests of the industry and the society. We will be coming up with courses that suit the current economic development needs,”said Ms Watema.

Thousands of jobs are set to be created in Manicaland as the province embarks on projects that include the Sakubva Urban Renewal Project and construction of a Diamond Gemology Centre among other programmes implemented under the devolution process.