President Peter Mutharika has told graduating students of the technical colleges to start their own businesses as there are no jobs for them.
Mutharika said the students have to make use of the skills that they have been equipped with to turn things around in their lives.
“Use the skills you have acquired to start small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Use your skills to create a job for yourself, and create jobs for others. If you always want to be employed, you may end up being employed by no one,” Mutharika said.
“Think as an employer of others. As government, we have instituted policies that encourage the youth like you to create jobs for yourselves and others.”
Mutharika also said Malawi needs skilled labour force to develop hence his government’s focus on community colleges.
Mutharika made the remarks during the graduation of the first cohort of students from Community Technical Colleges at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.
Speaking during the ceremony, Mutharika said for the country to develop it needs people who have skills with the aim of doing things professionally and engaging themselves in self-employment.
“The creation of a skilled labour force is a necessary step towards the development of Malawi. No country develops without skilled labour. Community Colleges are one way of investing in the development of the human capital.”
“The human capital is the single most important capital. Human capital is the beginning point of any civilization. Without a well-developed human capital, other natural resources cannot be effectively put to use,” Mutharika said.
About 700 students have graduated from several community technical colleges across the country. Government has vowed to give tools to the graduating students this year in order for them to hit the ground running.