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Graduate Internship Programme Debriefing

During the Debriefing Programme


As the 2014/2015 Graduate Internship Programme  wraps up, the National Youth Commission together with its donor partner UNDP has organized a debriefing for interns to brainstorm on the successes and challenges of their internship journey. In 2014, about 300 young graduates were recruited for the Graduate Internship Programme. But due to challenges from the Ebola outbreak only about 179 interns were placed in different institutions countrywide as employers expressed concern in taking in interns because of the Ebola scourge. The internship programme is designed to give young graduates an opportunity to a working experience and prepare them for the job market.
The 2014/2015 internship programme was challenging as many Placement Institution could not take interns for fear of Ebola. Nevertheless, some institutions like the National Ebola Response Center (NERC) and other institutions needed young people to help in the fight against the deadly virus. Despite the challenges, the interns recorded many successes of their internships at various institutions including; NERC, Center For the Coordination of Youth Activities, Global Youth Network, YMCA, Prince of Wales Junior Secondary School, Media Reform Coordination Center (MRCG), government Ministries, Agencies and Departments among others. One of the greatest achievements of the young graduates as stated during the debriefing is acquiring working experience and some, permanent employment.
Making a statement on behalf the Placement Institutions, Mr. Francis Reffell from YMCA said the process of having a job by mostly young graduates is challenging. He said the internship programme creates opportunity for interns to have working experience and make them viable for the job market. He noted that the internship scheme will promote youth employment in the country.
The Programme Specialist of the UNDP under the Youth Employment and Empowerment Programme, Mrs. Ann-Marie Bassie said the UNDP has been working with the National Youth Commission to implement various programmes for young people including the Graduate Internship Programme (GIP), Career Advisory and Placement Services (CAPS), Business Development Service among others. She said as the internship provides working experience to young people, another key aspect is providing jobs for these young graduates. She said the UNDP has received among other recommendations a continuation support to the internship programme and an extension of the internship timeframe.
The Deputy Commissioner, National Youth Commission Mrs. Aminata Sillah-Bangura said the Graduate Internship Programme is one of the flagship programmes of the Commission that provides interface and interaction opportunities with prospective employers thereby creating a trajectory of sustainable human capital development. She said the mandate of the Commission is to create sustainable employment and empowerment opportunities for young people. She however noted that the Commission is constrained in actualizing its mandate because of financial constraints. 
Since the start of the Graduate Internship Programme in 2012 by the National Youth Commission and UNDP, over 100 young graduates have secured permanent employment thereby reducing the rate of unemployment among youths.

 

 

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