My name is Shupi Kayela Mweene. I am a Consultant under the Zambia Business in Development Facility (ZBiDF) housed under the African Management Services Company (AMSCO) in Lusaka and financed by SIDA. We broker cross sector partnerships around development challenges with the main view of bring business into development to achieve shared value.
I am in charge of fostering partnerships in the skills development area. In Zambia, we have similar challenges as described by most if not all the respondents to this discussion. We have both underemployment of the youths and unemployment. We also have a private sector that is not very involved in skills development. In trying to encourage this, we have formed a cross sector partnership called National Skills Development Partnership involving Ministries of Higher Education, Ministry of Youth, Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the training regulator TEVETA. We also have the private sector represented by Zambia Federation of Employers and we have NGOs i.e. Youth Bridge Foundation and World Skills Zambia. We also have the International Labour Organisation. All the partners agreed to work together by signing an MOU, albeit, not legally binding. To kick start the collaboration, it has been decided that we first start by looking at policy and regulatory issues that impede private sector from participating in skills development. We have an old Apprenticeship Act which was enacted in 199/70. This needs to be relooked at so that we have make it relevant to the circumstances prevailing today and make if clear for private sector to participate.
I am happy with all the rich contributions to this topic and I look forward to learning more. I will sending emails and calls to individuals so that we can learn more and replicate most of the examples that have been shared of what is working in other countries.