Blantyre, The Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) has launched the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) whose aim is to promote apprenticeships with the ultimate goal of creating job opportunities for youth and ensuring skills for business.
Apprenticeship is a kind of job training that involves following and studying a master of the trade on the job instead of in school.
Presiding over the launch recently, Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa said the programme will help in youth development and bring together public and private partnership to combat youth unemployment.
He said the network has come at the right time not only to Malawians but the entire Africa to focus on youth development as the government has been tackling issues concerning the youths.
In his remarks, President of ECAM, Emmanuel Banda said the programme aims at job creation and skills development for businesses to the youth which will lead to the reduction in poverty levels.
Banda said they will be engaging government and other development partners in fostering youth development and job creation.
Ken Mthuzi, General Manager of Operations for Press Corporation Limited also launched a toolkit which calls for the core guidance for GAN Malawi.
He said that the toolkit will be a useful resource for the employees as they will be establishing jobs in different institutions for the youth.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA