10th to 12th November 2020, marked very important dates in this year’s calendar because delegates throughout Zambia convened in Chongwe, Lusaka Province to undergo a technical Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop.
The TOT workshop was officially launched by the Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development, Hon. Emmanuel Mulenga. The workshop was supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and was facilitated by the National Youth Development Council (NYDC).
This event was designed to enhance the capacities of multi-sectoral staff in planning, implementing and managing Work-Based Learning (WBL) which includes quality internships, apprenticeships and upgrading informal apprenticeships. The importance of such a workshop could not be over-emphasised since the national Government through the NYDC has already begun rolling out the National Youth Internship and Apprenticeship Programme (NIAP).
Further, the USAID-funded internship programme that has been running since March 2019, Youth Lead Activity, has a limited outreach capacity because it is confined to Lusaka. Additionally, the youth, though energetic and hardworking, are professionally vulnerable since they are prone to being exploited as sources of cheap labour by some employers. Hon. Mulenga henceforth, in his speech mentioned that he was pleased to note that ILO offered to capacitate staff in his Ministry, the NYDC and other partner organisations in the effective planning, implementation and management of an internship programme because this event is ultimately purposed to capacity-build Zambian youth.
Delegate participation included the ten (10) Provincial Youth Development Coordinators from all of Zambia’s provinces, that together fall under the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development. Other organisational participants besides the NYDC and ILO included Ministry of Higher Education, Zambia Federation of Employers (ZFE), National Assembly, University of Zambia (UNZA), Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA).