United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Labor and social development on Wednesday 5th November, launched the Uganda Graduate Volunteer scheme.
The Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme (UGVS) aims at providing young graduates access to work spaces to gain employability skills is an initiative supported by the Government of Uganda, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Programme.
The Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme supports the development of labor market intermediation services including job matching, job placement, job readiness training among others. The Scheme has so far recruited 120 graduate volunteers who are successful candidates and who have received a one-week induction training on life, workplace and career development skills. Completion of the training guarantees the graduate volunteers to be placed in host institutions either in the public sector, private sector or civil society for a period of 12 months.
The scheme will partner with public and private enterprises in Agriculture, Tourism and Hospitality, Finance and Banking, Information Technology, Energy and Minerals, Infrastructure Development including construction, Health and Education and Social Development sectors to provide volunteer placement opportunities in their organizations in different parts of the country.
In addition to induction training, volunteers placed with host organizations will receive training on the areas relevant to their work assignments from the host organizations and will be assigned mentors who will provide advice and guide their work throughout the placement period. All volunteers will be regularly visited by the Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme management team to check their progress and offer support.
The Permanent secretary of the Ministry of Gender, Labor and social development, Pius Bigirimana said that the scheme is going to impart pertinent skills on the youth of Uganda so that they can get skills, experience & most importantly add value to their places of work & their country. I am glad that we are launching the scheme on International Volunteers Day. The scheme is part of the Government’s efforts to engage the youth, others include the Youth Livelihood programme and the Uganda Songhai Model Centre which we launched recently.
It’s our hope as the UNinUganda family that the government volunteers scheme will be institutionalized and will benefit many young people out there. I congratulate the pioneer young graduates who were recruited and have began an incredible journey. The scheme is still open for recruitment and i encourage more youth to apply– said Rosa Malango, the United Nations Resident Coordinator.
To the corhort of trainees, Youth Connekt Uganda wishes you a great 12 Months.