VOCATIONAL Education and Training Authority (VETA) has encouraged youth to enroll in new course on gemstone cutting and polishing that offers immense job opportunities.
An instructor from VETA in Shinyanga region,Mr.YonaMwambopa said this at the 42nd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DIFT).
“There are more than 300 types of gemstones mined from different parts of the country. This is an opportunity for youths to generate more income through gemstones value addition for exports,” he said.
Gemstone cutting and polishing is the process of increasing a gemstone’s value by turning a rough gemstone into something more beautiful than the original.
The course on gemstone cutting and polishing, according to Mr.Mwambopa, was introduced four years ago but the first enrollment was last year, where 13 students are expected to graduate on a two-year course this year.
He said as the government is implementing the industrialization agenda, enrolment of more youth into the course was important in order to engage in the establishment of small scale industries for cutting and polishing of gemstones.
He said value addition into gemstones mined in the country was important as it fetches more export revenues to benefit investors, skilled employees and the economy.
“The focus is to establish small scale industries led by local skilled personnel in adding value to gemstones for exports,” he noted.
The supply of gemstone is a long chain which starts from rough mining holders, then follows rough dealers, raw material exporters, local rough dealers and finally manufacturers.