Graduates from the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) have been challenged to use the skills acquired from the colleges to employ themselves as a way of fighting unemployment in the country.
The Principal of VETA College in Dodoma Ramadhani Mataka, challenged the graduates during the graduation ceremony which went hand in hand with the launching of the English Laboratory in Dodoma over the weekend.
Mataka said that it is true that the country is facing unemployment problem especially among youth who complete secondary school, but if the youth had joined VETA they would be in a position to employ themselves thus addressing the unemployment problem.
He however challenged the government to give support in empowering youth so that they can access loans and employ themselves once they complete training.
For his part the Acting Regional Administrative Secretary Germana Orata who was the guest of honour commended the college for launching an English language laboratory which will enable graduates to be competent in the employment market in East Africa.
In their speech the graduates requested the government to discourage discrimination in providing education loans by also giving loans to VETA students.
They said that students completing higher learning institutions continue to be burdens to their parents while waiting to be employed while those from VETA can employ themselves once they complete their studies if they are empowered.
A total of 229 students graduated of whom 109 are women and 120 are men.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN