11 July 2018

Rwanda: Government to Create 'Skills Database' for Varsity Graduates

Photo: CIO News
Graduates (file photo).

Plans to establish a 'skills database' that will record all university graduates in the country are under way, and the database will be operational before the end of this year, the Ministry of Public Service and Labour has revealed.

Faustin Mwabali, the director general for employment at the ministry told The New Times that some of the work to develop the database is already done.

"Activities are ongoing to set up the skills database with Technical Working Group already in place and functional to develop and consolidate required system(s) with already a draft web-based software in place," Mwambali said in an email.

The establishment of the national skills database for university graduates is among the resolutions taken during the 2018 National Leadership Retreat, Umwiherero, held earlier this year.

According to Mwambali, the database will, among other things, inform policy formulation, review and adjustment, helping the government to know which interventions and initiatives to focus on based on the demand of the labour market.

"The database will also help to establish the total number of all unemployed graduates with their field of education and to identify all the possible causes of unemployment," he noted.

He added that they have also identified sources of data which he believes will make it easier to record all the graduates in the country.

The overall aim is to address the issue of youth unemployment which is at 21 per cent as well as reduce unemployment levels among university graduates which currently stands at 15.9 per cent.

The government has a target to create 1.5 million off-farm jobs for the next seven years under the country's ambitious medium-term vision, the National Strategy for Transformation.

For the youth to significantly benefit from this, Mwambali said that there is need for special interventions to identify the number of students that academic institutions are producing, empower them with relevant skills and train them to realise their potential.

Such an establishment of a skills database would provide opportunities for student work experience, placements and internships, and link them to national, regional and global employment market opportunities.

Rwanda

City Constructs Model Village for Vulnerable Families

At least 132 vulnerable families and those from high risk zones in Nyarugenge district in Kigali sector will soon be… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 The New Times. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.