UNDP Unveils EYEP Graduate Trainees

By Inside Biz

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has unveiled its first cohort of graduate trainees that will be deployed to various organisations nationwide under the Eswatini Youth Empowerment Programme (EYEP). 

The EYEP is a partnership between the government, private sector, municipalities, tertiary institutions and UNDP. The programme’s objective is to support young graduates between 18 to 35 years old to gain work experience, skills, and access to jobs. 

The programme also reaches out to young people with no tertiary education for training on entrepreneurship for business start-ups. Over 2 800 unemployed graduates applied under the programme in its first year of implementation.

In a press release, the UNDP states that 55 youth graduates are the first to be deployed from the 200 selected out of the 3000 that applied for the graduate placement programme under EYEP. Among the first cohort are 27 females and 26 males. 

“Most graduates come from the Manzini Region, at 54%, followed by the Hhohho Region, with 22%. The least number of graduates is from the Shiselweni and Lubombo regions, with 14% and 10%, respectively.

About 60% of the 55 graduates have Bachelor’s Degrees, 20% Associate Degrees, and 10% Honours Degrees. The remaining 10% hold Diplomas, Master’s Degrees and PhD.”

The donor agency notes that the selected graduates will undergo a three-day induction training programme at IDM Eswatini Campus, Matsapha, from 03-05 July 2023.

“The training covers a wide range of topics, including creating a personal/career development plan, design thinking in entrepreneurship, why accountability matters, emotional equilibrium, and many more.” 

Before their deployment in the first week of July, the graduates will be honoured at a certification ceremony to be held at the University of Eswatini.   

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