Malawi govt plans job recruitment spree

Government of Malawi has lined up a mega employment plan that would see over 30,000 youths between the age of 18 and 30 joining the civil service from July 1st 2012, Nyasa Times can reveal.

According to highly placed sources, the plan will drastically reduce the high levels of unemployment in the country which has led to souring rate of crime in major cities and towns.

The plan is a leaf from the Callista Mutharika Safe Motherhood Foundation which launched a crash programme for young girls being trained in midwifery.

“The Foundation has managed to identify and train scores of young women aged between 18 to 30 in a crash programme in midwifery so to improve the quality of giving births by mothers in rural areas, government has studied that with keen interest and has since borrowed a leaf,” said the officials.

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With some improvements, the requirements for those to be earmarked for the drive will be eligibility as a Malawian aged 18 to 30 with least qualification of Junior Certificate and will indicate a passion in the area of concentration that government will specify.

“Government will be looking forward to employ those in teaching services, health sector, construction, agriculture, hospitality, fisheries, marine and the list is long. After they pass the interviews, they will be sent to study for six months before being deployed into the rural and urban areas to work,” said the officials.

Malawi government has over 20,000 vacant posts and suffers a huge blow of brain drain as it struggles to retain its high qualified employees due to low salary structure.

This will not be the first time government has embarked on the recruitment spree. During the regime of the late Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda in 1980s youths were sent to training bases where they learnt vocational skills.

Most graduates from there, now mature citizens have benefitted the country through new business set-ups and still thrive in the civil service sector.

Plans are that Chinese government will send technical experts to Malawi to teach the new recruits in various sectors.

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