Ex­pose youths to op­por­tu­ni­ties: Buy Zim

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

BUY Zim­babwe says there is a need to ex­pose youths to lo­cal in­dus­tries so that they can ex­plore eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for them­selves and start their own busi­nesses.

Buy Zim­babwe has launched a job place­ment pro­gramme in part­ner­ship with the In­ter­na­tional Youth Foun­da­tion that in­tends to re­cruit more than 250 in­terns in a bid to help young peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate en­trepreneur­ship in Zim­babwe.

The pro­gramme will tar­get youths from Bu­l­awayo, Mid­lands, Harare and Man­i­ca­land who will be of­fered jobs as in­terns within the Buy Zim­babwe mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Speak­ing dur­ing a tour of Mid­lands in­dus­tries with youths un­der the em­ploy­a­bil­ity pro­gramme, Buy Zim­babwe chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Mr Mun­yaradzi Hweng­were, said if youths re­main shut out of the main­stream econ­omy, lo­cal in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion will re­main a pipe dream.

“Un­less we tell our young peo­ple the mes­sage that it’s about pro­duc­ing for your­selves and buy­ing from your­selves then the Buy Zim­babwe mes­sage will never suc­ceed. But the other im­por­tant ob­jec­tives (of the Buy Zim­babwe Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Pro­gramme), which is the rea­son why we are here, is that the av­er­age young per­son has never been to any fac­tory floor or any com­pany.

“So we are ex­pos­ing the youth to un­der­stand that there are op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist and there­fore they need to make space for them­selves in that con­text.”

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the em­ploy­a­bil­ity pro­gramme, Beloved Nyakun­huhwa, a stu­dent study­ing to­wards a de­gree in Ap­plied Bio-Sciences and Bio-tech­nol­ogy at the Mid­lands State Univer­sity, said she had found busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties she can ex­ploit as most com­pa­nies are im­port­ing things that can be man­u­fac­tured lo­cally.

“I’ve re­alised that we can do some­thing with what we have be­cause I have re­alised that most of the raw ma­te­ri­als like rub­ber and polyester here at Bata (Shoe Com­pany) are im­ported. So as Zim­bab­weans we can also man­u­fac­ture th­ese prod­ucts and sup­ply them to such com­pa­nies,” she said.

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