In a bid to support the development of career guidance in technical and vocational education institutions, the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation-GIZ has extended materials worth Rwf 17 million.
The new teaching materials that are part of the project in its pilot phase that aims at creating and building up a model of career guidance services for the TVET sector in Rwanda.
“This is a promising beginning of the development of career guidance services for TVET”, says Gerard Karamutsa, Career guidance Officer at Workforce Development Authority (WDA).
He adds, “the Career Coaching Course is comprised of a series of units and activities that support students to identify an entrance working position that is both, suiting the students’ individual interests and strengths and that is realistic.”
According to Karamutsa, the package moderation equipment that includes pin boards with coloured cards and markers, workshop-dice, ropes, crayons, projectors and cameras that will be used by students.
The pilot phase is currently implemented in nine technical secondary schools and Vocational Training colleges where volunteering students are testing the course to ensure that it is result oriented where it will late be rolled out to other institutions.
“They are testing, evaluating and revising a new “Career Coaching Course” – a series of extra-curricular lessons and activities that supports students to realize their individual potentials in the given labour market environment,” said Michaela Henn, international trainer.
Career guidance, experts say is critical to help students prepare for the labour market and is an individual self-development process that has to begin before graduation that will usher them into the practical world of the job world.
“The world of work and the world of education are two distinct systems, for managing school to work-transition students need more than technical knowledge and skills,” she added.
With the program, students are able to acquire work- related soft skills like team work, communication, problem solving, exploration, presentation and decision-making skills which are key in finding initial employment.
Every career has a beginning and the beginning may be small” says the national career guidance trainer, Ms Aline Umutoni, Employment Counsellor at the Kigali Employment Service Centre.
There is optimism that with this career guidance course, students from the technical and vocational college will be able to be employed, one of the key components towards achieving the second Economic Development and poverty Reduction strategy.
Under the program, it is estimated that 200,000 jobs will be created every year 2020 to solve the challenge of unemployment mainly for the youth.