Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) has challenged youths in Mzimba District to be self–reliant by venturing into entrepreneurship instead of seeking white-collar jobs only.
Teveta training programmes specialist Komani Tembo said this on Friday during the graduation of 64 young women and men who have completed their courses in tailoring and fashion design and shoe-making at Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) vocational centre in Mzimba.
“Research has shown that the most well-to-do people in the county, even the world, are in the business sector and not in offices.
“So, we encourage the youth, especially you graduating today, to think outside the box by starting your own business enterprises and employ others,” he said.
Inkosi Kampingo Sibande bemoaned the tendency among youths of trekking to South Africa in search of jobs when they can easily attain technical and vocational education through technical colleges in the country to become self-reliant.
MzimbaDapp project leader Veronica Kachere said they target vulnerable young women and men.
“So far, we have trained 182 youths in tailoring and fashion designs and 140 in shoe-making.
“We believe the training will transform their lives through self-employment,” she said.
One of the trainees, Mercy Mwase, thanked Dapp and Teveta for the training, saying they have been empowered to venture into the world of entrepreneurship.