Speaking on the development, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labor, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Joseph Mwandidya said currently about 500 vacancies for the young graduates have been identified in the private sector.
“As government, we are very happy and appreciative to the country’s private sector response to offer youth internship. Government cannot manage to give such opportunity for the whole youth in the country therefore there is need for the private sector to come in and offer these places,” said Mwandidaya.
The initiative which is a brainchild of President Professor Author Peter Mutharika has rolled out earlier this month. The programme has been included in the 2018/19 national budget to reduce unemployment among the youth in the country for both college graduates and non-graduates.
For graduates from different colleges across the country, government set a budget of K4.8 billion whereby five thousand youths will be placed in various ministries, departments and local councils.
While ten thousand non-graduates youth will be employed in tree planting where government has a budget of K1.5 billion.