Beluluane Industrial Park hosted the 3rd graduation ceremony for Beluluane-Joba Internship programme funded by the UK-Aid and facilitated by Beluluane Industrial Park. The event was officiated by the Governor of Maputo Province, His Excellency, Júlio Parruque. 84 Graduates graduated, 33 female and 51 male.
The graduates served internship in 20 different companies in Beluluane Industrial Park and outside BIP. The Governor said that, the BIP-Joba initiative is playing a pivotal role in the transfer of practical knowledge and skills to the young people in the province and is an authentic bridge to employment for more than 65% of the young people that have participated in the programme.
The Governor complimented the UK government for its support in sponsoring the internship programme and asked that they continue to support similar programmes in future. He also applauded Beluluane Industrial Park, being the largest industrial park in the province, for the internship programme initiative, which he called “unique”. The Governor further had the following messages for the graduates:
To remain focused in developing their skills and professional capabilities. This will enable them to contribute to the development of the country and contribute to building local capacity. He mentioned that Mozambique would benefit from local production of quality mask and sanitiser that are critically required during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
He emphasised that, even those who work in other fields such as welding must excel in the quality of their work. Maputo Province will have the capability to supply young talent to support the big projects in other provinces.
Governor Parruque further pointed out that the Government prioritises the creation of employment opportunities for the young people and therefore the program facilitated by Beluluane Industrial Park is a great example of an initiative that compliments Government efforts.
He appealed to the graduates not to lose focus on their professional qualification and cited an example of a welder who went on to be vendor, setting aside the skills acquired in the professional internship.
He reminded the graduates the need for continuous learning and the need to continue to seek knowledge and gave an example for the need to learn the English language which is relevant in the business environment.
The General Manager of Beluluane Industrial Park Onorio Manuel speaking at the same occasion said:
“Beluluane Industrial Park is very proud to be part of a programme that promotes such great opportunity for the young people in Maputo province within its Corporate Social Responsibility mandate helping the private sector to find talents is one of our main goal”.
Since its inception in 2018, more than 65% of the young Mozambicans who participated in the Beluluane JOBA Internship Programme have secured permanent employment, continued their development in paid training programmes, or are self-employed. More than 500 young people have already entered the programme of which 40% are women. Further to practical experience, interns received work-readiness training in workplace ethics, communication and health and safety skills at BIP”.
He also said that, “so many young people would like to have had this opportunity, therefore the graduates should value this opportunity that was given to them”.
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