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Ministry of Technology and Science Allocates K150 Million for Trades Schools Upgrade

The Ministry of Technology and Science, under the leadership of Hon. Felix Mutati, is investing K150 million this year to upgrade and equip trades schools across Zambia.

This significant investment aims to modernize educational facilities and provide students with the essential skills required in today’s industry.

Speaking at the Copperbelt Agricultural Mining Industrial Networking Enterprise (CAMINEX) Breakfast, hosted by ZANACO in Kitwe, Minister Mutati outlined the details of the expenditure.

“We are spending K80 million to upgrade trade schools to modern standards nationwide, while K70 million is allocated for purchasing new equipment,” he stated.

This initiative is part of the government’s broader strategy to enhance the quality of technical education and ensure that youths are well-prepared for the workforce upon graduation.

In addition to upgrading infrastructure, the Ministry is also focusing on global exposure and competition for Zambian youths.

Mr. Mutati announced that preparations are well underway for the World Skills Africa Competition, which Zambia will host in Livingstone in April 2025.

The event will see Zambian youths compete in 21 different skills, providing a platform to showcase their talents and gain international experience.

The minister called on the mining sector to support this initiative by offering opportunities for young Zambians to refine their skills in anticipation of the competition.

“We urge the mining industry to play a pivotal role in this endeavor, allowing our youths to enhance their capabilities and represent Zambia with pride on the international stage,” Mutati emphasized.

Further demonstrating the government’s commitment to skill development, Mr. Mutati revealed that Kagem Mine is contributing $2.5 million towards the construction of the Chapula Vocational Training Center in Lufwanyama District. The groundbreaking ceremony for this new facility is scheduled for next month.

“The Chapula Vocational Training Center will provide vital skills training for youths on the Copperbelt, opening up new opportunities for their future careers,” he added.

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