Youths encouraged to apply for Internships
As a way of reducing the unemployment rate in the country and improving skills the National capacity building secretariat has encouraged young people in the country to apply for youth internship program in government institutions as it helps to improve their skills.
“Internship gives one the needed experience and puts them in a better position for employment,” notes Isaac Mpagi a private business owner.
The Youth Internship Program provides opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience and eases the transition between school and the workforce.
It also contributes significantly to improving employability skills whilst at the same time helping address the human resource constraints.
According to the program Interns are placed in public and private institutions related to their area of study for a period not exceeding 6 months.
This Program is an active employment program and is in line with the National Employment Policy, the EDPRS2, Capacity Building and Employment Promotion sector plan and the Youth Employment Network mandate.
Ever since its introduction more than 70 percent of young people that have gone through the program have been employed thus a progressive success rate.
But young people have complained at the lack of information on such programs as they tend to only target a certain class of Rwandans.
“Most of those that benefit from such programs are usually Rwandans from abroad as there is basically not enough information about their availability,” says Frank Mugabe a university student.
But an according to an official from the secretariat who didn’t want to be named notes that the institution is putting in place mechanisms to enable the spread of this information to all young Rwandans.