On 5th August 2014, a talented group of young people celebrated the end of their internship placements at a packed graduation ceremony attended by employers, government, parliamentarians, and development partners. The agenda included inspiring speeches from interns, the CEO of FICA Seeds, the Director of USAID’s Economic Growth Team, and DFCU’s Head of Project Management Office. The speeches were followed by awarding of certificates by Country Director of Restless Development Jessica Greenhalf, International Youth Foundation Progamme Coordinator Thomas Brownlee and Advisory Board member James Mugabi.
The speeches clearly demonstrated the value of the programme for both employers and youth. As noted by Narcis Tumushabe, CEO at FICA Seeds, “It has been a great opportunity for FICA Seeds. We have participated in two cohorts and retained one member of staff, Joel, while another Doreen was offered a full time job at Barclay’s Bank. We will participate again and would like to thank Restless Development for their integrity in delivering this programme.” Meanwhile, former intern Michael Muwairwa who recently secured a job with his host employer TPO noted “I am ambitious, hardworking and always on the lookout for more... The internship programme has provided me with a clear career path that I am eager to pursue.”
The programme aims to equip young people aged 23-30 with the skills and experience to transition into work. It is part of YouthMap, a multi-country initiative of the International Youth Foundation and funded by USAID. Over the past 18 months the programme has placed 100 graduates with employers in key growth sectors. Over 80% of the first cycle of 50 youth have secured jobs (65% retained by their host employers) and/or established a business. Prospects look similarly promising for the second cycle.
Recruitment for the third cycle of host employers and interns has already begun and internships will begin in September/October this year. Meanwhile, we are working with the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Youth Affairs and the National Youth Council to ensure programme learning contributes to national policy debate on youth unemployment. We look forward to continuing to work with employers, youth and government to support talented young graduates to achieve their potential in the workplace.
Our training materials from the internships programme are now available online.
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