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History of Soche Technical College

Soche Technical College is the oldest public technical college which opened its doors in 1956 as a result of a Bill passed in the legislative council for Government to start offering Technical Education in 1950. Since its inception, the college has continuously developed and evolved from a mere Artisan Training centre in 1956 until it was finally elevated to the status of a technical college in 1985. The College currently boasts of four departments namely Commercial, Construction, Automobile Engineering and Mechanical Engineering which offer the following courses: Accountancy, Information Technology, Secretarial and Management studies, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing, Electrical Installation, Wood machining, Automobile Mechanics, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, General Fitting, Welding and Fabrication, Refrigeration, Textile and Pattern Design and Upholstery.

As a Technical and Vocation Training Centre Soche Technical College continues to strive to be a leading institution in providing technical, entrepreneurial and vocational education and training through modern technology and training in Malawi through continuously providing relevant and quality demand-driven technical, entrepreneurial, and vocational education and training for sustainable socio-economic and technological development in Malawi.

This Strategic Plan represents the developmental aspirations of management and staff of Soche Technical College. It is aligned to the global development agenda (Sustainable Development Goals-SDGs) as well as Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (SGDS) and other supportive policy documents such as the Malawi Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, the vision 2020, and The National Education Sector Plan. It is therefore the aim of Soche technical college to contribute meaningfully to the SGDS pillars of economic growth, social development, infrastructure and governance.

Unlike the previous one, this current strategic plan has prioritized five strategic outcomes namely:

• Increase capacity and broaden unbiased access to Soche Technical College programs;

• Increase Teaching and Learning Capacity

• Improve governance and management;

• Improve Transport and Security Systems;

• Improve Transport and Security Systems;

• Improve quality and relevance of programs and facilities;

Soche Technical College realizes that on average over fifty thousand Students complete education at Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) level but only 18% of this is absorbed into the Malawi public and private university system, leaving the rest with options to join the public technical colleges and other private institutions of higher learning. This is so because of problems of infrastructure, outdated delivery methods and lack of response towards the marginalized groups and special needs candidates in the public universities. Through this strategic plan Soche Technical College tries to alleviate some of these problems through training students with various skills for their life-long survival.

Strategic outcome one aims at doubling enrolment in the next five years, strengthening capacity and improving the welfare of students. The college shall still work hand in hand with TEVET Authority on curriculum review, and continue incorporation special needs and marginalizing groups in our intakes.

Strategic outcome two looks at the quality of graduates of Soche Technical College through increasing the teaching and learning. Stakeholders are the best judges to the quality of our products since they are the ones who work with trainees and graduates in the industry. Quality improvement will be achieved through building internal capacity to produce quality teaching and learning capacity, consultancy and outreach. Monitoring the performance of graduates in the industry will be conducted through tracer studies and Students placements into the industry to do industry-based modules.

Strategic outcome three has the sole purpose of improving institutional governance and management. Through this outcome an environment is set to provide resources and support systems to make possible the implementation of the other planned activities. Outcome three calls for proactive and responsive management, effective and efficient financial and ICT systems, well-trained and motivated staff both academic and administrative.

Outcome four promotes the provision of conducive environment for teaching and learning through strengthening the security and transport system. For the three preceding outcomes to be fully achieved there is need for improved mobility as well as improving security where vandalism is unheard for and property is secured from theft.

Outcome five seeks to enhance the quality and relevance of teaching and learning to produce competent and relevant graduates for the college. It dwells much on the quality which is highly valued by our stakeholders through scrutinizing our graduates, how they perform in various technical and entrepreneurial skills.

For these outcomes to be achieved, it is assumed that political and economic environment will be stable, so that there will be continuous support from government and stakeholders, supportive policies and supportive staff. It is also assumed that there will always be demand for the College’s courses by stakeholders.

The annual work plans for implementing this strategic plan will have to originate from respective departments hence the call for supportive staff. The strategic planning Committee will be the overall implementing agency.