Another principal Programme strategy is to address shortcomings in systems of informal apprenticeship. Informal apprenticeships are widespread and by far the most important source of skills training in Zimbabwe and most African countries. They are entrenched in local traditions and culture and follow a range of informal rules that are based on reputation and social sanctions. The quality of such systems can be improved through a variety of measures including access to new skills and technologies, improved training standards, provision of basic skills such as literacy and numeracy, improved access of young women to male dominated trades and improved formal recognition of skills acquired in the informal economy.
The QIA program is taking an incremental, mainly bottom-up approach to support informal apprenticeship training to avoid disturbing the subtle balances underpinning it. The Programme is working with Industry Experts to improve the business of Master Craftpersons in selected demand driven trades - Art and Craft, Welding and Metal Work, Carpentry and Joinery, Motor Vehicle Mechanics and Renewable (Solar) Energy. Master Craftpersons are in turn providing on-the-job skills training and mentoring youth for wage and self employment opportunities in Bulawayo, Chitungwiza and Harare.
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