The initiative dubbed ‘entrepreneurship training for graduates of higher learning institutions’ will involve experts drawn from various departments and schools for various disciplines as well as instructors and mentors from other institutions. It is set to benefit 2,000 graduates from 10 regions in the Mainland and Zanzibar.
Speaking during the launch of the programme yesterday, UDSM Vice Chancellor Prof William Anangisye said the first phase will focus on opportunity identification skills and creating business plans, while the second phase will deal with actual implementation of business ideas.
Regions targeted for their high number of graduates are Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Dodoma, Iringa, Lindi, Katavi, Mbeya, Mwanza, Unguja South and Pemba North.
“The graduates will also have an opportunity to meet successful entrepreneurs for mentorship and experience-sharing,” he said.“Then will meet achievers in agriculture and agribusiness, mining and service sectors.
Prof Anangisye explained that the main purpose of the training is to provide youth graduates with understanding, information, knowledge and the ability to identify opportunities around them and use them to create employment opportunities.
“Youth with good entrepreneurial ideas will be linked with financial services and technology providers,” he stated.
The training will be provided free of charge as part of the UDSM strategy of bringing back to the community as well as contributing to government initiatives to address the challenge of unemployment.
“The idea of organizing this training to graduates is based on research that we have found although there are many untouched entrepreneurship opportunities. Still most graduates are struggling to be employed in the public or private sector,” the VC noted.
The training has started this month and will continue up to October, with the main criteria for eligible candidates being graduates of any higher learning institution.
However, Prof Anangisye has called on government to give a new impetus to the philosophy and policy of education for self reliance in the national education system.
He said the philosophy initiated by late Julius Kambarage Nyerere in 1967 is the only tool which will get away youth from thinking that jobs are at the office.
The training was launched by the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Jenister Mhagama.
The minister praised UDSM for the bright decision of bringing back to the community through entrepreneurship training for graduates.
“It is my belief that you will plan in the future to bring this unique training to all regions so that many graduates can benefit,” she told the Hill audience.
The government supports efforts by the University of Dar es Salaam which focus on providing the youth with the means of identifying opportunities and creating jobs.
“The responsibility of empowering and facilitating the youth is not just for the government, but for everyone,” the minister underlined, urging other universities to emulate the good example shown by UDSM.