More than 300 students have received various certificates from different technical courses in Harare South a move set by the government to equip youths with knowledge on starting their own businesses.

The government said it is committed to empowering youth through training in technical courses to improve the SMEs sector which needs qualified personnel.

In an interview with the ZBC News on the sidelines of the ceremony, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development Mrs Abigail Shonhiwa said the major challenge affecting the development and growth of SMEs sector is unavailability of appropriate and affordable workspace.

“My ministry is committed to support the growth of SMEs through capacity building programmes,” she said. 

The grandaunts have expressed hope that their lives will greatly improve as they pledged to put the skills they have acquired to good use.

Partners who supported the ministry to run the courses from Boka auction floors and America Friends Service Committee said they also support government programme to complement its efforts in shaping SMEs.

The courses that started in 2015 include building, carpentry, knitting, auto electric, electrical installation, and motor mechanics among others.