Youth and Sport Minister Chishimba Kambwili says the reintroduction of the ZNS skills training programme for school leavers will be a measure stick for youth employment and empowerment.
Mr Kambwili has since advised critics of the programme to hold their fire and wait for the implementation of the programme.
He also reiterated that no decision has been made on whether the ZNS youth skills programme will be mandatory, as that decision will be made by cabinet once the proposal is presented.
Mr Kambwili also assured the nation that the programme has nothing to do with military training which has raised eyebrows in some sections of society, but is about imparting skills in the youth.
The Minister who spoke passionately about the programme outlined the benefits it will bring to the youths who will receive the various skills.
He also took a swipe at the critics of the programme who he described as mere detractors scared of the successes the programme will yield.
Mr Kambwili said his ministry envisages that the programme will start with the 2013 grade 12 school leavers.
He was speaking last evening on ZNBC TV's Sunday Interview monitored by QFM News.