There is Hope Vocational Training Centre in Dowa on Friday graduated 120 students who completed a six-month bricklaying, tailoring and fashion design trainings.
Speaking during the ceremony, European Delegation to Malawi leader Daniele Teccarelli, who was also the guest of honour, applauded the institution for imparting vocational skills to the youth.
“The skills will help the youth to be independent and their financial status will be improved as they will be able to generate their own wealth,” he said.
In his remarks, There is Hope executive director Innocent Magambi advised the graduates to use the skills to develop their families and communities.
“You need to show the industry that you are no longer the same,” he said.
One of the students, Susan Miziyawo from Malomo area, Traditional Authority Chilooko in Ntchisi applauded the centre for the vocational trainings offered.
Miziyawo, who received the best student award in plumbing, said the knowledge and skills will enable them to be independent as they will be able to generate their own income.
There is Hope, established in 2006, is a local non-governmental organisation that provides young people with opportunities for education, business and leadership development.
This is the second graduation in which 101 Malawians and refugees have graduated in bricklaying while 19 others graduated in tailoring and fashion design.