Malawi youth regularly have a hard time finding employment after completing their higher graduation due to limited job opportunities (~2,000 jobs created annually per 20,000 university graduates) and lack of access to an apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship positions at government and non-government organizations exist, but are generally unpaid positions.
EKARI’s apprenticeship program is two-fold. First, for a maximum of six months EKARI provides graduates assistance with resume distribution and interview preparation as well as connects them with possible apprenticeship positions in Malawi. Second, once a graduate gains an apprenticeship we provide funds for accommodation, meals, and transport for a maximum of another six months. Our goal is that each graduate will obtain relevant employment as a result of his/her apprenticeship.
We established our apprenticeship program in 2014. The process has been challenging and took longer than expected, but we successfully placed 100% of our graduates in apprenticeships. Patricia earned a job after her apprenticeship!
A one-time contribution of $150 will support one graduate through his/her apprenticeship preparation period.
A monthly contribution of $35 will support one graduate’s apprenticeship for 4 months.