The Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment has included life skills training for the National Youth Training Service Programme.

This came out at the graduation ceremony for 68 youths in Norton.

The inclusion of skills training programme for the National Youth Training Service has the potential to transform the country’s economy.

The Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Cde Patrick Zhuwawo, who was guest of honour at the graduation ceremony, said the training programme is being extended to constituency level to ensure all interested youths get access to the training.

Legislator, Cde Constance Shamu welcomed the new training programme, saying it builds character among the youths.

Norton legislator, Mr Themba Mliswa said the National Youth Training Service is a national event that must be supported by every Zimbabwean including political parties.

Some of the graduates applauded the government for coming up with the skills training programme, adding that they will be able to start their own project and contribute to the economy.

The new face of the training programme is expected to create employment for the youths and contribute to economic empowerment.

The programme is expected to be rolled out throughout the country and funds are being set aside to support such projects.