Government has budgets 117 million Kwacha to support the national internship and apprenticeship programme.
Youth, Sport and Child Development Minister Emmanuel Mulenga disclosed this during a private sector engagement workshop on implementing a quality apprenticeship and internship programme in Ndola today.
Mr. Mulenga said the funds will be used for emoluments to the interns for a period of 12 months.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Mulenga has since called on the private sector to create room and absorb many young people seeking to enhance their skills through internship.
He said out of the targeted 9 thousand, his ministry through the National Youth Development Council has so far placed 5 thousand interns and apprentices to various institutions, mainly in the public sector.
Mr. Mulenga said transitioning into the labour market remains a significant obstacle that a lot of young people across the country continue to face.
He said the government through his ministry is committed to supporting the national internship and apprenticeship programme by ensuring that necessary funding is provided.
And National Youth Development Council Programmes Officer, Mulako Mwanamwale stressed the need for the private sector not only to absorb interns that are prospected to be employees of their companies but everyone.
Ms. Mwanamwale called for a strong relationship among relevant stakeholders if the programme is to be fruitful.
The workshop has been organised by the National Youth Development Council in Partnership with the International Labour
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