Blantyre, July 11, Mana: Malawi Government has introduced internship programme for the youth to work in areas of agriculture, Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing and small scale mining in order for them to gain practical experience.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency on Tuesday, Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila said Government plans to create job opportunities for 17,000 youth in the next two and half years, hence the introduction of internship programme.
"We are encouraging young graduates from Technical, Vocational, Entrepreneurship and Training institutions, community technical colleges and universities to utilize the opportunity so that they can be equipped with relevant skills in key areas.
"Our aim is to recruit 17,000 youth in months to come so that we reduce unemployment levels among them," said Kasaila.
According to the minister, the interns will be attached to companies, institutions and organizations for a period of six and l2 months for undergraduates and graduates respectively.
The programme is being championed by Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development with financial support from African Development Fund (ADF).
Apart from the funds facilitating the payment for interns, Kasaila said, the financial support would also assist in rehabilitating community technical colleges as well as scaling up small scale businesses being operated by the youth.
Commenting on the development, Andrew Koponya, Trustee for Bwalo Likule Network, an organization that advocates for youth empowerment hailed government for investing in the youth by giving them the much needed skills that they need to secure jobs.
"It is worrisome that the current trend is that employers need someone with adequate work experience and we wonder where these youth as fresh graduates would get this experience.
"So yes, we thank government for this long overdue opportunity and this is a signal that it has listened to our plea and we are optimistic that the internships will fill the gap of experience problem," he said.