Over 7 000 Interns Secure Employment

| November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Mr Thapelo Olopeng has informed Parliament that he is aware that not all interns get employment after finishing their two-year internship.

Answering a question in Parliament, Minister Olopeng said it must be noted that the programme was really intended to serve as a window for transferring skills to young Batswana graduates to prepare them for the world of work.

He indicated that as of November 2014, a cumulative total of 7 357 interns out of a total of 11 608 had secured employment, whilst in the National Internship Programme, 5 176 of these were still employed by host organisations. “We continue to encourage host organisations to consider eligible interns for employment,” he said.

Mr Olopeng said he was not aware of any incidents of exploitation of interns, but in an effort to guard against such, the Internship Programme has a welfare unit that attends to the welfare of interns whilst on placement.

He said the issues the unit attends to included, among others, motivating a conducive environment for workplace learning and management of relationships between interns and host organiations.

“In addition, the programme has a monitoring unit which monitors the skills transfer as well as adherence to Internship Guidelines,” he concluded.

The Minister was answering a question from MP for Gaborone Central Mr Phenyo Butale, who had asked him if he was aware that graduates who had enrolled under the Internship Programme remained unemployed after the lapse of the two year contract, and if so, could the ministry authenticate or dismiss that statistically and how the Minister intended to review and improve the Internship Programme in a manner that would minimise exploitation of interns as was currently happening, especially in terms of finances.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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