On 14th May 2013, Restless Development Uganda and International Youth Foundation (IYF) hosted the launch of the YouthMap Internship programme at Hotel Africana in Kampala. This exciting new programme will offer 100 young graduates the opportunity to gain essential skills and experience in the agricultural, finance, media and ICT, hospitality, and NGO sectors over the next year. Each intern will undergo a rigorous training course delivered by Restless Development, before a six month placement with one of 50 host employers across the private and public sectors. The programme responds to high levels of graduate unemployment in Uganda and has mobilized employers, government and NGO stakeholders around the youth employment agenda. It is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the broader YouthMap programme exploring solutions to youth unemployment across sub-Saharan Africa.
With 150 interns, employers, government representatives and NGO partners in attendance, there was a celebratory atmosphere as the first cohort of interns were congratulated on their selection and welcomed to the programme. However, representation at the event from such a range of public and private sector stakeholders also demonstrated the seriousness of the youth unemployment issue in Uganda, and a growing commitment to create opportunities for our young generation to achieve their full potential. As stated by Commissioner Mondo Kyateka, “This is the kind of programme that we need to ensure that Uganda’s youth have real opportunities to achieve their dreams and build their futures. The YouthMap programme is helping develop a network of youth-friendly companies in Uganda and working with the government to bridge the gap between the public and private sector. This program is also fostering a sense of community among business leaders and spurring them to support our disadvantaged youth embark on a path to success.”
As our first interns begin their training, we look forward to keeping you updated with their progress, and the development of a flagship programme model to address youth unemployment in Uganda.
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