Embrace internship programme
GABORONE - Graduates have been urged to embrace the national internship programme under the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs.
Addressing graduates during the Botswana International Financial Service Centre (IFSC) career fair held in Gaborone recently, Botswana Post chief executive, Mr Pele Moleta said the programme was a commendable effort as it readies graduates for the market by equipping them with skills and experiences.
He noted that the youth unemployment rate in the country was very high and those who graduated four years ago were still unemployed while some have been in the internship programme for some time now hoping for permanent employment.
He commended IFSC for availing an opportunity to the young graduates and professionals.
He said as interns and graduates trainees join different organisations, they have expectations but they must remember that only hard work and perseverance will pay.
IFSC strategy and research executive, Mr Keletsositse Olebile explained that this year's IFSC fair focused on preparing and positioning graduates to effectively contribute to facilitating the country's current and future economic development programmes.
He said major economic diversification initiatives currently include the creation of centres of excellence in the form of economic clusters that were aimed at enhancing the economic growth of Botswana and diversifying from overreliance on mining.
He stated that IFSC launched a Skills Readiness Initiative in 2004 to improve Botswana's ability to compete in the global market place, by addressing and highlighting the development of a skilled labour force.
Mr Olebile noted that this effort was aimed at showcasing the skills that are available in Botswana and particularly in the sectors that investors primarily seek to invest in.
The initiatives comprise of an annual career fair, an internship programme and CV database all aimed at exposing and highlighting the skills available in Botswana to employers and potential investors.
The fair provided an opportunity for graduates and young professionals to interact with different employer groups. BOPA