Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

29 August 2014

Malawi: Community Colleges to Address Unemployment

Chiradzulu — The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labor and Manpower Development, Patrick Kabambe has said the construction of Community Colleges across the country will address unemployment among the youths.

Kabambe said this Thursday at Namitambo Trading centre in Chiradzulu during the inaugural ceremony of Namitambo Community Skills Development Centre where TEVETA is training 20 young people in welding and tailoring. The centre was constructed in 2004 with MASAF funds but World Vision came in to provide training equipment through its youth development programme.

Kabambe said unemployment among out-of-school youths in the country can be addressed if vocational skills training is promoted across the country.

Kabambe said vocational skills is one major way of creating self employment among the youths and added that Malawi can boost her economy and improve people's living standards through self employment.

"The labor market in public and private sectors is too small to meet the demand of employment. Which is why government has devised an elaborate programme to establish community colleges to expose our youths to various vocational skills," said Kabambe.

He added that as Malawi is developing, there is high demand for services of welders, tailors motor vehicle mechanics and builders.

Kabambe therefore urged the current group of learners at the centre to show commitment and contribute positively to the social economic development of the country after finishing the courses.

He assured them that government in conjunction with TEVETA, will try to link them with money lending institutions to enable them access startup loans.

"If the students are not given money as startup capital, their colleagues will not see the importance and relevance of participating in vocational skills training," observed Kabambe.

Currently, TEVETA is training twenty young people in welding and tailoring at the centre. Poems, choirs and comedies spiced up the event.

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