Rwanda’s $34.5 million Skills Development Programme registers Success

Over 8,500 people have so far benefited from a national skills development programme, with 50 per cent of them getting employment within six months of graduating. The $34.5 million (Rwf 25 billion) programme aims to narrow the skills gap in the country, and thereby reduce unemployment.

This was revealed on Wednesday by Livingston Byandaga, the Skills Development Fund (SDF) programme manager, while handing out certificates of completion to 46 people who trained in culinary arts for three months at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre South (IPRC South) in Huye District.

“There is high level of success in this programme. Most formerly unemployed graduates have been able to create jobs upon receiving skills from this programme,” Byandaga said, addressing the graduates.

He also urged people who are unemployed to join cooperatives and seek support from various organisations such as the National Employment Programme.

“Although they (trainees) are trained for a short period of time, the skills they acquire are advanced. We focus on practical skills, instead of theory, so that the students, after graduation (within three to six months), have enough skills to compete on the job market,” he said.

The skills development programme that started in 2011 and will end in 2016, aims to train 10,000 people.

Source: New Times Rwanda

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