Council is setting up its own production hubs to supply goods and services internally and to the corporate world, Ward 12 Councilor Tafadzwa Mangwiro has said.
Speaking during the Vocational Training Centers Open Day at Chinembiri Training Center today, Cllr Mangwiro said these production centers will be business incubation centers where students will refine their skills as they prepare to join the industry.
“The students will be key players as they will be working closely with the artisans in the production of goods and services in their trades.
“Vocational training programs allow students to get ready for specific careers. It focuses on practical applications of skills learned and it has many benefits including better chances of employment, higher earnings level, job satisfaction as well as improved flexibility and mobility as most vocational training graduates are self-employed.
He added that the growing problem of youth unemployment can be mitigated by vocational training centers.
Speaking at the same event, Education and Social Services Head, Mrs Lizzy Muchena said vocational centres provide an alternative to expensive education.
“Colleges are expensive and a lot of students may not be able to afford them.
“Council Vocational Training Centers are very affordable.
Entry requirements into tertiary colleges are prohibitive making vocational centres the ideal choice.