At least 3,000 youth with innovative skills and brilliant ideas are expected to benefit from an incubation programme that seeks to assist young graduates access employment.

The programme a partnership between the government and private institutions, seeks to nurture young graduates with innovative and brilliant ideas and help them attain employment opportunities.

Speaking about the programme, Prof Joseph Byaruhanga of Makerere University, said: “The incubation will start mid this year with 3,000 graduates whose bias leans toward ICT or general sciences.”

“Going forward, the incubation will be opened to youths across all universities in the country, where they will be turned into job makers instead of job seekers,” he said.

Open to Makerere students
The programme with the first incubation to be established at Namanve, will for the meantime, be open to only Makerere University students but will consider students from other universities in future.

Meanwhile, in collaboration with government and the private sector, Makerere University, college of engineering, design, art and technology will create 32 community industrial parks where graduate start-ups will be hosted and incubated.

Uganda is grappling with massive unemployment with over 80 per cent of youths having no access to gainful or no employment not withstanding the level of their education.

By Ismail Musa Ladu, Daily Monitor

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