The Workforce Development Authority (WDA) has started a new programme that will see interns getting industrial training programmes as part of the education.
Jerome Gasana, the director general of WDA says that the programme is aimed at boosting the skills levels among student taking technical course.
“Students will be taking only one day in the schools and spend most their schoolwork time in practical education at the industries, to get acquainted with skills that will be able to enable them graduate with hands on skills” Gasana said.
Ntwali Laurent, one of the mechanical students says that the new programme will make students competitive on the job market.
“We have been lacking experience compared to those who learn from garages. This has made us less marketable when it comes to skills attainment” he said
This comes at a time when the country has put a lot of emphasis on technical education to boost the job creation sector and bridge the skills gap.
While the economy seems to be performing well, the government has targeted at least 200.000 off farm jobs in the Second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2), but currently only 146,000 are created.
In October the cabinet passed the new a National Workplace Learning Policy which obliges the private sector players spearhead the agenda to train interns.
Research findings from the household living standards report 2014 show that national unemployment levels dropped from 3.4 percent to 2 percent
Rwanda currently needs more skilled youth than educated ones and government is moving away from academic education and pushing for more emphasis on skilled education.
Statistics show that student enrollment in TVET countrywide has increased from 51,773 in 2010 to over 90,000 in 2013.
TVET providers have increased to the rate of about 8 percent annually with now 387 TVET schools in Rwanda. About 68% of TVET providers are private, 22% Public and 10% are government.