The Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF) was established by section 23 of the Manpower Planning and Development Act, 1984, now revised Manpower Planning & Development Act Chapter 28:02 of 1996.
The broad object for which the Fund was established is the development of skilled manpower in Zimbabwe.
The skills development programs are funded by the 1% Training Levy remitted to ZIMDEF by all registered companies operating in Zimbabwe.
ZIMDEF finances the training of apprentices in Zimbabwe. All statutory expenses (wages, tuition, boarding and examination fees) related to the training of apprentices in the country are funded by ZIMDEF from the 1 % Training Levy that is remitted by all registered companies operating in the country.
Students from institutions of higher learning are paid a monthly allowance to help cushion them when they are away from their training institutions during their work related learning (attachment) stints. Due to limited resources, these allowances are currently being availed to students from Polytechnics only
ZIMDEF, under the direction of the Trustee, undertakes infrastructure development projects at selected institutions of higher learning. This has seen ZIMDEF funding the construction of libraries, hotels, and workshops at the country’s universities and polytechnics.
Notable among the infrastructure development and other projects funded by ZIMDEF are the following projects;
- Construction of Harare Polytechnic Central Library
- Construction of Chinhoyi University of Technology Hotel
- Construction of Kwekwe Polytechnic Engineering Workshop
- Renovations at Hotel St. Patricks’
- Acquisition of modern and state of the art automotive equipment for all Polytechnics.
- Funding the commercialisation of National University of Science and Technology (NUST)’s DNA Testing services.
- Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) Cattle breeding & artificial insemination project.
ZIMDEF also fund the procurement of training equipment such as computers, computer accessories, engineering materials, workshop machinery, laboratory equipment and training consumables for institutions of higher learning.
The Fund pays rebates to employers who participate in human capital development programmes.The following are approved areas for the purposes of rebates claimable from ZIMDEF:
CATEGORY A: APPRENTICE AND UPGRADE TRAINING
- Apprenticeship Training
Employers who indenture apprentices may claim rebates in respect of wages paid to apprentices, tuition, boarding and examination fees.
- Upgrade Training at Industrial Training Centers
Employers who release their skilled workers who have been appropriately graded by the Ministry for upgrade training at Ministry approved public or private vocational training centres may apply for rebates. (See circular letter for fuller details).
CATEGORY B: INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT
Employers who provide on the job training opportunities for students and trainees as specified in the circular letter may claim for each attaché.
CATEGORY C: FORMAL COURSES OFFERED BY EITHER THE NATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTIONS OR PROFESSIONAL BODIES RECOGNISED BY THE MINISTRY
Employers facilitating the training of their own employees by financing and releasing them to attend formal courses conducted by institutions recognised by the Ministry may claim rebates for the proven expenses incurred on tuition, examination and boarding in respect if the courses specified in the circular letter subject to the set conditions.
CATEGORY D: PRACTICAL ON THE JOB TRAINING LEADING TO EITHER MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES RECOGNISED BY THE MINISTRY OF HIGHER & TERTIARY EDUCATION SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT OR REGISTRATION BY A BODY ESTABLISHED BY A LOCAL INSTITUTE
Employers who provide opportunities and their facilities under an appropriate contract, for Zimbabweans to undergo the requisite practical on the job training for the for the trainee to secure either;
- Membership of a local professional/technical body recognised by the Ministry,
- Registration by a local statutory body to enable the trainee to legally practice in his/her field of specialisation may claim rebates at the set rates per trainee.
CATEGORY E: TRAINING IN ESSENTIAL NON-DESGNATED TRADES/OCCUPATION
Employers who provide training in essential non-designated trades/occupation may claim rebates subject to prior approval of the training program by the Ministry.
CATEGORY F: INDUSTRIAL CENTERS ANNUAL GRANTS & REBATES
Employers with industrial training centres offering certain apprenticeship and upgrade training programs, with the approval of the Ministry, may claim annual grants and rebates as prescribed in the circular letter.
CATEGORY G: PROVISION OF TRADE TESTING FACILITIES
Employers who provide their facilities for purposes of practical trade tests organised by the Ministry may claim rebates at the rate approved by the Ministry from time to time through the Department of Industrial Training & Trade Testing.
CATEGORY H: RELEASE OF EMPLOYEES FOR PART-TIME LECTURING AT MINISTRY TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS
Employers who release their qualified staff for lecturing duties at the Ministry’s Technical institutions during normal working hours (0730hrs – 1645hrs from Monday to Friday) may claim rebates provided such claims are endorsed by the relevant institutions confirming the number of hours worked by the employee.