No extension for graduate interns

Government says contracts for the first and second cohort of its internship program for graduates will be terminated at the end of June 2021.

The graduates joined the internship program in 2018 and 2019.

A notice dated May 10, 2021 issued by Labour Commissioner Hlalerwayo Kelvin Nyangulu said the move is in line with the terms of the contracts the interns signed before joining the programme.

According to the notice, the Ministry of Labour will not accommodate any requests for extension of contracts as there are already thousands of graduates queuing for the same workplaces.

“The program was designed to engage interns for a maximum period of two years, however this has been revised to a maximum of one year in order to give a chance to fresh graduates,” the notice reads.

The notice has also indicated that outgoing, incoming and serving interns are encouraged to always apply for vacancies in the public or private sector.

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