A local organisation, Lupane Women’s Development Trust has embarked on a youth skills training programme with the aim of equipping them with skills to generate revenue for themselves.

The youth skills development programme kicked off in June and runs for six weeks with 10 participants from one ward at a time.

The second group of participants will begin their skills development programme this month and will be picked from a different ward.

The programme will eventually cover all the 28 wards in the district.

Lupane Women’s Development Trust Business Development Officer, Mr Obert Ndlovu said the programme is currently focusing on agriculture but will spread to other skills which include welding, cutting and designing, carpentry as well as bee-keeping.

“Our idea is to minimise costs because there is no funding for this programme so to do that we decided to start off with agriculture because we have a piece of land on which we grow maize. We also chose carpentry because wood is readily available but we need time to buy tools for carpentry and dress making before we start training in those areas,” he said.

The training programme is expected to assist masses of young people who currently cannot access vocational training as the province has no such facilities.

The initiative is a fulfilment of the country’s ZIMASSET economic blueprint, which seeks to alleviate poverty through self employment.