Blantyre-based Nancholi Youth Organisation (Nayo) has taken steps to complement government efforts in empowering the youth with vocational and technical skills through opening a vocational training centre in Nancholi, Blantyre.
Nayo projects coordinator, George Nedi, said his organisation was concerned that government and the private sector have not been able to create enough white collar jobs to cater for the youth graduating from various colleges across the country.
Nedi made the remarks in an interview last Saturday on the sidelines of a community-based antiretroviral therapy (ART) programme awareness rally in Manyowe, Blantyre.
He said his organisation has secured assistance from students in the United Kingdom for empowering the youth in Nancholi with technical and vocational skills that will, in turn, enable them venture into entrepreneurship.
“Construction of a vocational training centre is currently underway. We intend to open it as soon as possible so that the unemployed youth can start gaining skills that would enable them explore other means of earning a living,” he explained.
Nedi said the institution will, among others, be offering tailoring, carpentry and joinery free of charge.
He, however, requested like-minded organisations to partner Nayo for the smooth operations of the centre.
In March this year, President Peter Mutharika launched his dream community technical colleges, anticipating that they will spur job creation and boost the country’s economy.