Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) has rolled out a mobile training programme in Mzimba District to scale up uptake of technical skills among the youth.
Speaking in an interview during the launch on Friday in Traditional Authority (T/A) Khosolo in the district, Teveta training programmes director Modesto Gomani said the mobile training programmes will enhance skills development among young people.
He said: “We have noted that many young people in hard-to-reach areas are failing to access technical trainings because of lack of technical colleges within their locations.
“This is why we are introducing the mobile training programmes to remote areas in the district so that everyone who needs training can be assisted. We are geared to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to access vocational training to boost the country’s socio-economic development.”
Gomani said the programme will reach out to 300 youths in the district annually.
He said the programme will be offered using a mobile van equipped with training essentials and trainers will be offering carpentry and joinery, bricklaying and painting, tailoring and shoe design, plumbing, electrical installation, phone repair and mechanics training.
T/A Khosolo hailed Teveta for initiating the programme, saying many young people are idle in their homes.
He said: “We are facing challenges as energetic young men are trekking to South Africa for greener pastures and our young girls are getting married at a young age.
“Therefore, this programme is crucial because it will empower the youth economically.”
Dinnah Banda from Kanjuchi in T/A Khosolo, who is one of the beneficiaries, said her life will be transformed through the programme.
“I was just staying home doing nothing. But now things will change because once I acquire the skills, I will start my own business,” she said.