The officer made the statement during the Apprenticeship placement meeting which was organized by Employers Consultative Association of Malawi in Ntcheu where 19 learners and company owners were present.
Geza advised the learners to make good use of the opportunity which ECAM has provided and work hard in their trades saying that some employers may recognize their hard work and give them a job.
“Not everyone will be employed by a company, but some of you will have to start up your own small businesses and employ other people at the same time fighting against poverty and contributing to country’s economy’’, he said.
Speaking on behalf of ECAM, The Programs Officer Emmanuel Magomero said 31 learners have been attached to enterprises, 19 in Ntcheu and 12 in Lilongwe, to improve their skills in Carpentry and Joinery, Tailoring and Bricklaying.
Magomero added that these attached learners are young people from 14 to 24 years of age who were withdrawn from or were at risk of child labor.
“Apprenticeship program is a proven way to address the issues and risk factors that lead to child labor and provide a path to empowering school dropouts. It will allow children/youths to explore a variety of career opportunities through training and paid work placements, helping them develop skills that translate to the workplace.
In this initiative, ECAM is working hand in hand with Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (YECE) in Lilongwe and Circle for Integrated Community Development (CICOD) in Ntcheu.