By PUSETSO SEHLABAKA

Twenty-three interns from the Government of Lesotho Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) were received by the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) on November 2nd this year.

The 23 youth were distributed countrywide to all the offices and health centers of the Society and were handed over to the Society by Mr. Folojeng Folojeng who is the Manager of the YA Program under the Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Folojeng in his handing over speech explained that the Program was established by the Government of Lesotho in 2019 with the aim of assisting the youth to acquire the required skills for the employment market. He said the Program will play an important part in the fight against the high youth unemployment rate in the country.

“The high unemployment rate in the country is exacerbated by the requirements of the market which requires experience and that means the youth who have graduated are left in cold because of they do not have experience of what they have just graduated from.

He urged the youth to respect and honour the policies and rules of the companies that they are stationed in.

Mr. Folojeng stated that it is a norm that companies want to hire people with experience, so it is hard for youth to get jobs without experience.

In his welcoming speech, the Secretary General of the LRCS Mr. Kopano Masilo assured the interns that they will learn a lot from the staff and the work they do. He also said the staff too will learn a lot from the intern because of the fresh and innovative minds of the youth of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The interns were deployed to the departments they are going to work in. The interns started work on Thursday 10 November 2022.

In addition, the President of the Society Mr. Hareteke Nkhetse briefly gave the interns a brief history of the Red Cross; its values, and norms.

On behalf of the interns, Amelia Khethang thanked the Government of Lesotho through the Ministry of Finance and YAP for granting them such a great opportunity. She further stated that some of them graduated 10 years ago but are still unemployed because they don’t have experience.

The interns are currently undergoing orientation throughout the country.