UNDP - NAYCOM 2013 Graduate Internship Programme commences

03 Jun 2013

imageLast year's participants in the graduate internship programme (undp/ c. thomas)

Freetown, June 3rd, 2013: The National Youth Commission, with technical support from UNDP, has today Monday 3rd June, commenced the second year of the Graduate Internship Programme (GIP), with the aim of promoting decent employment opportunities for Sierra Leonean graduate youths. The Programme, which was successfully piloted last year will benefit over 300 graduates from tertiary education institutions wishing to acquire productive work experience.

National Youth Commissioner, Anthony Koroma said that this year’s programme will build on the previous success last year in which 150 young graduates from various tertiary institutions were placed in public and private institutions across the country. He said “the programme helped these young people gain valuable experiences in the real world of work, leading to some youths even gaining permanent employment during the process.” Mr Koroma added that the GIP seeks to target the rising number of youths who have graduated from the universities, polytechnics and colleges but can’t find job. 

He added that GIP is not the only youth employment NAYCOM is working on. He said “the commission is employing multiple strategies to address multiple segments of youths, for example the World Bank funded Youth Employment Support Programme provides skills training for semi-literate and semi-skilled youths in refrigeration, motor mechanic, masonry etc…” Mr Koroma added “we need to devise strategies for different categories. Rural youths are targeted through the agri-business projects while there is Business Development Service (BDS) centres to help strengthen the entrepreneurial skills to young people who are in engaged small businesses.”

The GIP is aimed at bolstering the employability of young university graduates inspired by three operational principles:  (1) increasing the number of young people benefitting from productive internship opportunities nationwide, (2) increasing the overall quality of the internship experience, so as to actually contribute to the employability of the intern and to the maximization of both the social and private return of the initiative and, (3) ensuring equal opportunities to access merit based internship positions.

A basic living allowance to deserving selected interns (pre selection is made by NAYCOM and UNDP while the final selection is made by the employer), a basic soft skills and work ethics seminar will be provided before the beginning of the internship, and is to warrant constant monitoring of the internship experience for the benefit of the intern and the employers. The pre-selection process of the GIP will ensure the delivery of high quality students to participating agencies.

Young people who have completed a degree, diploma or certificate course and who wish to participate in this scheme can download the criteria and application forms from the National Youth Commission website here: www.nationalyouthcommission.sl or the UNDP Sierra Leone website: www.sl.undp.org

Criteria for Consideration include:

·         Applicants should be Sierra Leoneans between the ages of 15-35.

·         Applicants must have completed a degree course, equivalent certificate or higher qualifications obtained during the past three years (e.g. BSC, BA, BEng,HND, Diploma, City & Guilds  etc)

·         All filled applications must be submitted electronically to: info@nationalyouthcommission.sl

·         Closing date for applications is 3rd July, 2013.

For more information, please contact for the following numbers:

Southern Region Tel: 076 653 881

Eastern Region Tel: 076 486 285

Northern Region: 076 605 267

Western Region: 088 949 039.

For  Media inquiries contact:

Millicent Massaquoi, Communications Officer, NAYCOM. Tel: 076 660 640. EmaiL: mmassaquoi@nationalyouthcommission.sl

Karim Bah, Communications Analyst, UNDP. Email: abdul-karim.bah@undp.org;