-The Mufumbwe District Youth Skills Centre in North Western province has recorded a 100 percent pass rate for the 2013 trade examinations.
The examinations were conducted in Tailoring and Designing, Carpentry and Joinery, and Power Electrical and were the first to be held since the centre was established in 1986.
Centre Manager, Roger Mweemba, says this was due to the hard work that was put in by both the trainers and students at the centre.
Mr Mweemba affirmed that all the 40 students that sat for examinations last year have qualified with their trade tests for Level I and Level II.
The Centre Manager was speaking with ZANIS in an interview in Mufumbwe yesterday.
Meanwhile, Mr Mweemba has bemoaned lack of accommodation, transport and modern equipment at the Centre.
The Manager has since called on government and the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) to consider setting up local industries in the area for the benefit of local people.
And Assistant Trades Instructor, Isaac Muhongo, said more than 400 youths have benefitted from the centre’s training programmes.
Mr Muhongo further disclosed that 12 youths have since received empowerment funds with four expected to benefit this year.
Mr Muhongo added that the centre is in the process of acquiring a farm to help them boost their efforts in agriculture, saying proceeds from the farm would help the centre sustain itself and improve training.
And two youths trained in carpentry and currently operating at the centre have called for government to support the institution as it contributes a lot to the community.
Paul Kautina said government will do well to provide the centre with modern tools to enable them compete effectively in the industry.
And Shadreck Mulaisho also called on government to provide youths with loans to help them sustain their businesses and livelihoods.