TVET trainees pledge to turn acquired skills into self-employment

Youth who acquired on job training in companies that were given grant-under Skills Development Fund- to provide hands-on skills have applauded the support that will help them turn acquired skills into self-employment.

They said this after Eng.Pascal Gatabazi, the Director General of Workforce Development Authority (WDA) visited some of the companies that train the youth across the country.

The training is part of Skills Development Fund (SDF) implemented by WDA under Priority Skills For Growth (PSG) program funded by World Bank.

 The training seeks to minimize skills gaps experienced by private business operators by rapidly increasing the supply of skills in high demand in the labor market and to ease the entry of new entrants to the labor market by providing them with labor market relevant skills via short-term training.

Skills Development Fund Project focuses on selected economic priority sectors which include agriculture, energy, hospitality, ICT, manufacturing and transport as well as logistics.

From October 21, 2020 to October 23, 2020 the Director General of Workforce Development Authority (WDA) visited the companies that provide on job training to the youth to assess how it is being conducted.

The visited companies in Gasabo district include IDA Technology that trains youth on software development, Mara Phone that trains youth on assembling and repairing smart phones as well as Africa Improved foods training youth on food processing.

The visited companies in Musanze district include UBURANGA Products and trains youth on producing cosmetics, lotions, soaps and hand sanitizers, Musanze Garments Cooperative training women on tailoring and fashion, and Alpha Milk that processes milk.

They also include companies in Rubavu district namely MON BAMBOO LTD training youth on manufacturing furniture and other products from bamboos, United Development Cooperative based in carpentry  and Garage MEDECAR that trains youth on vehicle mechanics.

During the visit, DG WDA urged the young trainees to make use of the acquired skills and opportunity from government support to create their own jobs so as to eliminate unemployment and develop themselves.

“It is better that you leverage this opportunity that government of Rwanda created for you. Study hard and turn the acquired skills into self-employment, develop yourselves and the country in general,” he told the young trainees.

He encouraged them to form cooperatives that will ease the efforts to develop themselves.

He also urged the companies in TVET to focus much on providing hands-on skills to the young trainees.

“We need the youth who have what to do and create jobs using those hands-on skills,” he said.

The young trainees have lauded the government support they had been looking for adding they will use it to start creating their own jobs and employing others.

The program has trained over 9,000 young people on TVET skills through different companies including those who are still under training.

The move is in line with government target to create 1.5 million jobs by 2024.



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