The chemical industries training authority has launched an ambitious pilot programme to reskill retrenched workers, help them find new jobs or assist in starting small businesses in a bid to combat the unemployment crisis.

There are almost 8-million unemployed people in the country, putting the official jobless rate at 32.6%. It is rising quickly as power cuts, declining business confidence and slow economic growth have resulted in some companies retrenching workers to stay afloat. ..

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