There is scarcity of qualified employees on Rwanda’s job market –Premier

On 1 December 2017 at 04:55

Despite the government’s extensive investment in skills development, there is still shortage of qualified employees in different sectors of the country’s economy, Prime Minister, Dr. Eduard Ngirente has said.

Ngirente was speaking this Friday while presenting ‘Rwanda’s education sector programmes’ to both chambers of the parliament.

The 2017 World Economic Forum report dubbed ‘Global Human Capital Report’ revealed that only 62% of people from across the World are qualified on the job market. The report shows that 38% have unexploited talents.

In Rwanda, Ngirente said that 39% of people with employment are not qualified for the job market.

Gaps per sector

In agriculture, tea plantation, value addition and processing, only 2,500 employees are qualified yet the sector needs a minimum of 7,000. The sector will need 9,000 in 2020 and 12,000 employees in 2025.

Only 2,657 are qualified in coffee farming and processing out of 3,687 needed by 2017. People qualified for horticulture are 39 individuals out of 528 needed by 2017.

In mining and mineral processing, only 13,000 are people qualified out of 23,900 needed by today.

In hospitality, only 41,000 are qualified, whereas a total of 82,400 will be needed by 2020.

In dairy processing, 76% of people in the sector are not qualified, the reason why only 10% of all milk production is processed. He said the country needs 730 qualified people in the sector.

Textile industry employs only 1,500 people but they need 2,930 qualified employees.

In urban planning, construction and city development, there is need for 11,500 and 17,000 employees by 2018 and 2024 respectively.[Jd1]

MPs blamed government on rampant changes in education systems, teachers’ welfare and congestion in classrooms for being behind the graduation of non-competent employees on the job market.

“Incessant changes which do not base on research leave students in dilemma, this is an issue that should be looked into,” said MP Theobald Mporanyi.

Prime Minister, Dr. Eduard Ngirente speaks in parliament
Members of the parliament follow proceedings
Members of the parliament follow proceedings {JPEG}