Experts believe a further increase in investments going to Technical and Vocational education-TVET is likely to help government address the challenge of unemployment mainly among the youth.
The government plans to create at least 3.2 million off-farm jobs by 2020 which is equivalent to 50 percent of its labour force and TVET is one of the strategies banked on.
“Equipping young generation with employable skills will help them become more competitive in the job market,” said Lamin Manneh UNDP Resident Representative in Rwanda on Thursday.
Experts say that although most young people are accessing education to university level most of them lack practical employable skills which are demanded by the job market thus increasing unemployment.
He adds, “All nations need to train their labour force to ensure that this problem is well addressed.”
The government through Workforce development Agency-WDA embarked on TVET specifically targeting the needed skills as one way of closing the skills gap that costed government in terms of hiring foreign skills.
“What we are doing is to equip the workforce with hands on skills which prepare the youth either to be self-employed or to enable transition to the labour market,” he told this website.
Moreover, Bethilda Niyibaho owner of the startup dealing agribusiness says that the skills attained through short courses has enable her to build her own business starting with only Rwf 200,000.
“I advise youth to ensure that they acquire some skills in the sector they are interested in and once you have expertise, the beginning will seem to be a bit easier,” she said.
The government has already started six month programme to help graduates to acquire skills in addition to their degrees as one way of helping them become more competitive as well as be able to start their own businesses.