Less than two weeks after Parliament passed the 2018/19 national budget, government has rolled off the Youth Internship Programme it announced, calling for applications from interested youths.
During presentation of the budget on May 18, Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe announced an allocation of K4.8 billion towards a newly-introduced Youth Internship programme
The programme will recruit 5,000 youth aged between 18 and 35 years and will place them
in various Ministries, Departments and Local Councils.
Now just a week into the financial year, the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development is calling for applications from qualified youths.
In it the call, the ministry says the
youth will be attached to departments and agencies for them to gain work experience in areas of Agriculture, ICT, Manufacturing and Small Scale Mining.
Selection of Interns will be done in the 3 categories based on qualifications which are
Degree, Diploma and Certificate in any of the given sectors.
It says suitable candidate should be young graduates from Technical, Vocational, Entrepreneurship and Training Institutions, Community Technical Colleges and both public and private universities.
Degree holders will be attached to host organizations for a period of 12 months while those with Diploma or Certificate will be attached for 6 months.
This Youth Internship Programme is one of the many youth empowerment initiatives government has come up with for this financial year.
One of them is the K5 billion Youth Tree Planting Program which will employ 10,000 youths.
The other one is the K2 billion Capacity Building for Civil Servants which will provide financial support to youthful officers in government for them to train up to PhD level courses. This is expected to enhance public sector service delivery in various fields and reduce costs on consultancies.