The ministry graduated 110 youths who were trained in candle, oil, soap and socks production.
The Ministry of Works and Skills, in collaboration with the German Cooperative Development Agency (GIZ), graduated 110 young people in the fields of candle, oil, soap and socks.
Attending the graduation ceremony, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Muffrihat Kamil, noted that much work has already been done to enable students to acquire the skills needed for employment without leaving educational institutions and to create a process of linking with the private sector.
He commended the young people for their hard work and dedication, and thanked them for their support.
Elaborating on the training process, State Minister of Labor, Employment and Marketing, Nigusu Tilahun, said 86 of the youths are undergraduates and 24 are technical and vocational graduates.
He said the enterprises have been provided with production facilities in Kirkos sub-city, adding that the loan and production equipment will be used for the purchase of loans.
“The German government has provided significant support to the Ethiopian technical and vocational sector,” said Benjamin Tedla, a spokesman for the German Cooperation Development Agency.
He further said that the two countries will further strengthen their cooperation with the Ministry of Works and Skills.
The young people have already presented their feasibility plans, and a few business plans have been presented at the graduation ceremony.
According to the Ministry, 45 percent of the first trainees from Kirkos sub-city were women.