Engineering graduates lack the skills to compete in job markets. For 11 weeks, 20 young engineer graduates will attend a professional training in computer skills, literacy, lifeskills and job-hunting techniques. This training will hopefully enhance the engineer’s employability.
Trudy Morgan is the Vice-President of the Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers (SLIE) and is the Coordinator of the training. The Africa Catalyst programme is sponsored by the Global Challenges Research Fund, UK.
She said the aim of the pilot project is to develop a framework for the training of young graduate engineers that will enhance their employability in the job market, in collaboration with the University of Sierra Leone and local employers.
Morgan added that, part one of the training is aimed at developing the young Engineers Corp for current graduates.
Part two of the project will enhance the current curriculum at the University of Sierra Leone to include pedagogical approaches that will enhance the skills employers require from graduates.
The engineers will receive a week of basic computer skills training and project management. For two weeks, the engineers will learn soft skills such as communications, time management and tidiness. There will be a six-week internship and then a one-week CV writing/interview preparation project.
President of the Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers, Professor Jonas Redwood Sawyer, said, in 2015 the Government launched the Young Engineers Corp, because graduate engineers were not properly equipped for the job market.
There are four women engineers among the 20 graduate trainees.
By Ade Campbell
Thursday March 16, 2017.