University Graduates Find Solace in TVET Skills

After receiving certificates offered under the National Employment Programme (NEP) run by the Work Force Development Authority (WDA), the students have set goals of creating new jobs instead of remaining jobless

A group of university graduate students have now found a chance of being employed after acquiring technical skills in culinary art.

The group of 48 former graduates composed of 13 men and a large number of women passed out in catering skills at Rera Umwana Center in Nyanza district on October 20, 2017.

After receiving certificates offered under the National Employment Programme (NEP) run by the Work Force Development Authority (WDA), the students have set goals of creating new jobs instead of remaining idle.

The students said that they have set their eyes on opening a restaurant and food delivery business.

The plan was hatched after the university students resorted to learning hand on skills which they believe would make them self-employed instead of being job seekers.

One of them, Jean de Dieu Munezero, is former university graduate in Veterinary science from the University of Rwanda (UR) but has been unemployed for a whole year, even with his education.

“The idea of sitting idle with my bachelor’s degree is embarrassing. I and other former university graduates took a decision to put an end to being jobless. That is why we acquired the skills and pooled funds to start the business immediately after graduating” Munezero said.

After four months of intensive training, the group has so far set aside Rwf300, 000 with each contributing Rwf1000 as a way of actualising the business plan.

Another student, Adèle Mukamugisha says that the business will have to grow step by step and with time the profits will be re-invested into the business for expansion.

Marie Claire Wiesenhofer, the Rera Umwana Center founder and Director hailed WDA for its support in skills development and asked that the authority supports her vision of training more youths who remain unemployed in the district.

Frank Shyaka, a WDA official in charge of training promised support to the center but also recognised the initiative of students in job creations, as Rwanda targets to create 1.5million jobs by 2018, and 20.000 off farms jobs annually by 2020.