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TEVETA to continue supporting young entrepreneurs

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Representatives of the Technical entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority have vowed to continue supporting youth entrepreneurs in the country.

The news was made public during the inaugural TEVETA annual awards in Lilongwe.

The awards were organized with an aim of motivating up and coming entrepreneurs who graduated within the TEVETA systems.

The event saw 15 TEVETA graduates being awarded in two categories.

“Most of our youth today in both rural and urban areas are facing a lot of challenges bordering on unemployment, poverty and lack of relevant skills for the improvement of their livelihood,” the authority’s Chairperson said.

Gilbert Chilinde added that government has prioritized skills development to create employment and improve the plight of the youth so that they can meaningfully contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.

He further said technical and vocational skills acquired through training in TEVET institutions will help solve unemployment problems Malawian youth are currently facing.

TEVET Authority provides training through three windows: apprenticeship, informal sector and private sector. Informal sector training, under which the recent training was conducted, is done in collaboration with district assemblies and other stakeholders based on demand.

The scale of desperate young workers trapped in street vending and other precarious livelihoods is highlighted in a new report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Its data shows that over 70% of young Malawians aged between 15 and 29 are employed in the informal sector.

Malawi has one of the highest rates of working poverty, which stands at around 60% on $2 per day.

In 2013 government said in order to reduce the high unemployment rate amongst youths, Ministry of Youth and Sports is implementing the youth economic empowerment program which aims at enhancing their capacity.

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