Samaritan Trust has trained 148 youths in technical skills such as plumbing, tailoring, carpentry, bricklaying and electrical installation.
Speaking at the graduation on Saturday, Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) director of quality assurance Elliot Mulanje asked the trainees to create employment for themselves and others.
On his part, Samaritan Trust executive director Katowa Mvula said Covid-19 caused some youths to drop out of the training programmes.
“We still trained the others. However, the beneficiaries come from vulnerable backgrounds, so they need support in terms of starter-up capital,” he said.
One of the trainees who graduated in plumbing, Susan Pendame, said the skills she acquired will enable her get employment in the construction industry.
Meanwhile, Teveta is training about 170 mastercraft trainers nationwide who are expected to impart the technical skills to learners in various technical institutions.