Government recruits 2,227 Graduate interns

Lilongwe: In its efforts to curb youth unemployment, government has recruited 2,227 graduate interns to be placed in different government ministries and statutory corporations.

Briefing the media on the development in Lilongwe on Friday, Minister of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila said government has set aside K4.8 billion to be used as stipend and administrative costs in the youth internship programme.

He said government intends to recruit 5,000 interns; however, only 2,227 have been recruited because of limited space available for placement in various workplaces.

3,200 applications were received, out of which 2,227 interns have been placed. A large number of applications did not meet the requirements e.g submitting lower qualifications and not submitting required documentation, he said.

He added, We hope more interns will be accommodated with time considering that some public institutions, especially statutory corporations have not yet submitted intern requirements.

Kasaila said all interns will be paid by the Ministry of Labour under the internship program. He said the program has already been allocated money in the 2018/19 fiscal year approved budget and all interns will get a monthly non-taxable internship allowance (Stipend) of MK80, 000.

Interns were allocated to workplaces of their resident districts as first consideration. However, if the workplace spaces in their districts were not enough, they were allocated to nearest district or even other far away districts dependent on spaces available in those other districts.

All applications from a particular district were considered for placement in spaces of that district first, before considering other applicants for ease of accessibility to work, Kasaila said.

The minister advised interns who have been placed to workplaces to report to work by Monday, September 10, 2018. The interns have been given a grace of up to one week, failing which they will be withdrawn from the program, according to Kasaila.

He said all interns are employed on temporary basis and will be engaged from September, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Kasaila advised employers where the interns will be placed to offer them support, so they gain the necessary work experience for the time they will be working at different ministries.

We urge the employers and supervisors to teach and impart necessary knowledge in the interns and also to assign them different roles within and outside their work stations so that they fully gain experience that will help them get permanent jobs, he said.

One of the beneficiaries of the programme who has been placed at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Tabbu Kitta, said she has been unemployed for two years since she Graduated in 2016 from Blantyre International University.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the work experience I will gain from the internship will help me secure a permanent job, she said.

Kitta said she couldn’t qualify for most vacancies she applied for because she did not have any work experience after graduating.

According to the International Labour Organization, the youth unemployment rate in Malawi from 2007 to 2017 is estimated at 7.97 per cent.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA