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SEPARC to trace handcraft centre graduates

image RELAX: Minister of Commerce Industry and Trade Jabulani Mabuza seen here relaxing on the gift he was given by NHTC. (Pics: Linda Dlamini)

MINISTER of Commerce, Industry and Trade Jabulani Mabuza has commissioned the Swaziland Economic Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SEPARC) to ascertain economic benefits of the National Handicraft Training Centre (NHTC) in the economy.

MINISTER of Commerce, Industry and Trade Jabulani Mabuza has commissioned the Swaziland Economic Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SEPARC) to ascertain economic benefits of the National Handicraft Training Centre (NHTC) in the economy.

Speaking at the NHTC graduation ceremony held in Ezulwini, Mabuza said the purpose of the study was to trace the graduates of NHTC since 1995.

“The study will determine their employment status, self-employment status, employer’s satisfaction and the challenges they come across as they execute their duties. The study is also expected to recommend the means and ways of improving the operations of the NHTC to a high standard recognised nationally and internationally,” he said.

Mabuza said the study may redirect what the NHTC currenlty was doing and rebrand the centre by improving the marketing of its services and also to expand and migrate from giving certificates to diploma levels.

“Having said this, it gives me great pleasure to be informed that NHTC has taken the strides to be recognised by the Swaziland Higher Education Council as it applied for registration paving the way for it to be accredited by the Council tasked to make sure that all the training institutions and colleges are registered with the council for them to operate in the country,” said the minister. 

Mabuza said the graduating students should make use of the handicraft skills they have obtained to start and grow businesses in order to compete with other businesses.

“It gives me great joy that all the students graduating are the first group that have been taught basic computer skills. The world we do business in is now technology based so everyone should be computer literate in order to promote innovation,” he said.

Mabuza said he has been made aware of the history of the NHTC which dates back to 1974.

“It was established with the cooperation between the Kingdom and the Republic of China (Taiwan). Then it was called the Handicraft Development Centre, where handicrafts were designed, tested and developed,” he said.

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