Save the Children International through its Youth in Action (YIA) project last Thursday pledged to train 9 000 youths in youth vocational skills by 2018.
YIA project manager Ann Chikoko said this during the graduation of 50 youths at Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) Mikolongwe Vocational School in Chiradzulu.
The training was jointly conducted with the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta), Save the Children International, Dapp Mikolongwe Vocational School and Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development.
“We would want to see 9 000 youths trained to be socially and economically empowered and be able to go back to formal and informal sectors do their own businesses and improve their skills.
“Apart from the graduating 50, 77 others are doing similar vocational training courses and would be given starter packs. We are expecting to see more youths being trained and acquire various skills,” said Chikoko.
Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development Principal Secretary Patrick Kabambe commended the partnership programmes in imparting skills to the youths saying they prevent productive youths from leaving the country in search of jobs outside.
He added that the training helps to supplement the community colleges initiative
“It is the aim of government to create jobs for its youths because white collar jobs’ time is phasing out and we want to see more youths providing employment to fellow youths.
“We are partnering with other NGOs [non-governmental organisations] because the demand for the skills development is very high. These graduated youths have jobs waiting for them from Malata/Cement Subsidy Project,” said Kabambe.