The Employers’ Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) has developed a toolkit for employers which provides relevant workplace information and promotion of work readiness programmes to youths of the country.
The toolkit has been developed through a partnership between Ecam and the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) .
ECAM executive director Beyani Munthali said the toolkit is answering one of the problems the youths are facing in this country.
“This toolkit talks about the prioritisation by government in terms of promoting youth employment and making sure the youths either have jobs or are able to become entrepreneurs,” he said.
Munthali observed that there is a mismatch in skills the job market requires on one hand and the training that learning institutions are providing.
Carlsberg Malawi learning and development manager Godwin Ng’oma speaking on behalf of employers said there are a lot of youths who are looking for internships and apprenticeship programs but with questionable papers.
Ng’oma said: “Most of certifying boards don’t have representation and recognition in Malawi, we end up getting confused and in the end most employers prefer the University of Malawi,”
He also advised institutions offering various training programmes in the country to ensure they are certified and accredited so that qualifications they offer are duly recognised by employers.