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Future Search trains 1,432, creates 647 jobs

SHATAMUKA

MARIA MASINA, Lusaka
FUTURE Search says it trained 1,432 entrepreneurs in 2014 and this led to the creation of over 647 jobs.
Future Search marketing and public relations officer Patrick Shatamuka said in an interview that a total of 279 participants were assessed after completing their programmes, which included job search, entrepreneurship mentoring, and training of trainers
He noted that over 647 jobs were created by these participants.
“After the training of 1,432 and assessment of 279 entrepreneurs were done, 230 permanent jobs and 417 part-time jobs had been created, which really made the organisation happy,” he said.
Mr Shatamuka said it is encouraging to know that the organisation helped in the creation of such a significant number of jobs as it showed that the organisation was moving in the right direction in its quest to participate in the growing of the economy.
He said the entrepreneurship is key to growing the economy.
“It is important for people to change their mind-set and start looking for ways of contributing towards the growth of the economy through entrepreneurial activities,” he said.
Mr Shatamuka said people working in the formal sector have no interest in engaging in entrepreneurship activities.
He cited the tendency of over-dependence on formal jobs as the only source of income as a challenge that is there among the working class.
He stated that people in formal employment have a role to play considering that they have access to loans from money-lending institutions.
Mr Shatamuka said Future Search trained a total number of 2,817 people in 2015, including former Mopani Copper Mine employees, to change their mentality.
He encouraged people to visit the organisation’s stand at the ongoing African Association o f Public Administration Management Conference at Mulungushi International Conference Centre and get advice on entrepreneurship.

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