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760 000 jobs to be created by 2030 – Matuke

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ANCILLA GOTORE

MIRROR REPORTER

GUTU – The Government and the private sector will create 760 000 jobs by 2030 and the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare has embarked on a countrywide tour to create a database for unemployed youth, Deputy Minister Lovemore Matuke has said.

The Ministry will henceforth co-ordinate employment initiatives across all Government ministries and private sector.

Matuke said this during the launch of the database campaign at Mpandawana in Gutu adding that each of the 57 districts in the country will be visited. In addition to the employment placement, the Ministry will also support projects by youth in every district in a bid to create job opportunities.

He also said that the database will be used in the registration and placement of job seekers to quash corruption and nepotism that is rampant in the employment process. The database compilation programme started on May 16, 2022.

The Deputy Minister bemoaned the situation obtaining in Government currently where teachers who completed training in 2020 are getting jobs ahead of those who graduated as far back 2014 or 2015.

“I would like to appreciate all the youths who managed to attend today’s career guidance as it will assist in creating database of unemployed youths. The database will assist when vacancies come out and the Public Service Commission will direct employers to follow the list and by 2030, 760 000 jobs will have been created.

“The Government is prepared to fund two projects per district and proposals should start coming from the youths,” said Matuke.

The launch ran under the theme; Building sustainable livelihoods and employment promotion for unemployed youths.

He however, urged youth to discard the job seeking mentality and start their own projects. He said that the Government will be supporting those with sound project proposals and declared that two projects from Gutu were going to be supported with immediate effect.

Gutu Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Alexander Mutembwa represented by Liliosa Kurauone appreciated the event stating that it would enable Gutu youths to make informed decisions and realise their potential.

“As Gutu district we welcome the national event for all Zimbabwe provinces. This event will help in empowering the youths by giving them career guidance and counselling for them to realise their potential by giving them platform to engage various stakeholders,” said Mutembwa.

Also present at the event were Deputy Minister Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Jennifer  Mhlanga, Deputy Director Employment Services, Vimbai Chiza, Assistant District Development Coordinator, Benedict Gwede and Zanu PF Provincial Secretary for Commissariat, Brian Munyoro.

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