At Mechanics For Africa, we focus on the individual. Our committed staff work hard with each and every student to see lives transformed.
We were established as a college in 2002 by visionaries Charlie and Sharonne Watt, with the support of Milford Baptist Church in the UK. Charlie and Sharonne ran the college until leaving in 2014 when Charlie took a senior role in Zambia’s mining industry. Jason and Claire Stonier led the college from 2014 to 2018 and are now back in the UK. Harry Weld-Forester is the current CEO and Sarah Weld-Forester is the Academic Manager. Milford Baptist continues to be the major support link between the UK and Zambia.
Since its foundations the college has grown to include a training workshop and a fully operational commercial workshop employing full-time mechanics. Our students study for a City & Guilds Diploma in Motor Vehicle Mechanics and have incredible opportunities to work in our live environment and gain valuable experience of fixing a wide range of vehicles. In addition, all our second years undergo a six week industrial attachment with one of our local partner companies, gaining further real life experience which will help them to find employment beyond Mechanics for Africa.
We are a Christian college, although you don't have to be a Christian to apply, and we always talk about Mechanics for Africa as being like a family. Our students soon find out why this is: they are not just faces in a classroom, they are the very reason we exist. We do what we do because we take Christ seriously when he says "The first and greatest commandment is this: love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. The second greatest is this: love others as you love yourself..." (Matthew chapter 22). Throughout the two year course, we give our students opportunities to explore Christianity and to build the strong foundations of ethics, hard work, and discipline characteristic of the Christian faith.
Our vision is not only to see people gaining new skills: much more than that, our vision is to see our students grow in strength of character, being known as ambassadors of integrity, trustworthy in everything they do.
Our main subject is Motor Vehicle Mechanics, but we also teach a variety of other valuable Life Skills, including computing, agriculture, first aid, nutrition, and health and hygiene.
We focus on mentoring individuals, and through those individuals we hope to impact the wider families and communities of Zambia as our students graduate from MfA as men and women of good character and great potential.
We are registered as a Charity in the UK and a Charitable Trust in Zambia. Our trustees come from both Zambia and the UK and our operation is completely non-profit. We have become one of the top technical colleges in Zambia, rated level 1 by TEVETA, and renowned throughout the country for the quality and skill of our graduate engineers.