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NAYCOM Trains 250 Graduates under the GIP

The National Youth Commission has held two day training for 250 young graduates with support from the UNDP for the 2018 internship placement. 

The training was on Career Planning & Development, Communication Skills, IT and Written Skills and Work Place. 

Addressing the youths, Commissioner of the National Youth Commission, Mr. Ngolo Katta said, the objective of the internship is to provide valuable experiences in the real world of work.

Mr. Katta however noted that “part of the core reasons why young people have not had provision of job experience is their attitude.” 

He mentioned lateness for work, laziness, disrespect for authorities and the quest for only white color job. 

Commissioner Ngolo Katta intimated all, that he will further engage the minister on a National Internship policy to formalize the internship and get more institutions to support the programme.

The YEEP Programme Analyst, UNDP Mrs. Ann- Marie Bassie said because of the competition in securing job after university, young people should endeavor to volunteer with organizations. 

She emphasized that “young people should be focused and know what they want in life.” Mrs. Bassie also blamed the negative attitude of young people coupled with so much energy into social media as catalyst for low productivity of youths. 

The Minister of Youth Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Orman Bangura in his statement to the trainees said ‘young people should recalibrate their minds and stop thinking as receivers but providers.’ 

He said young people should show humility to all, uphold high standards of integrity, discipline, zero tolerance to corruption and self esteem. He added that ‘you are worthy ambassadors charged with the responsibility of showcasing to the world, the skills, raw talents and character young Sierra Leoneans posses.’

The Graduate Internship Programme has been one of the flagship programmes of the Commission since 2012. Each year desperate young people who have graduated from universities and colleges around the country apply for the limited spaces the programme offers. 

This year, over 1000 applications were received countrywide.