The Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam), an umbrella body for employers, says employers have the capability to end youth unemployment in the country by adopting inclusive business models aimed at absorbing more youth into the job market.
Speaking when he addressed the African Employer’s summit which took place in Kenya recently, Ecam Executive Director, Beyani Munthali, said it is the duty of every stakeholder, whether operating on a small or large scale, to create jobs for the youths, particularly those in the informal sector.
“Of significant importance is that apprenticeships and traineeships are crucial to improving employability and unlocking entrepreneurship opportunities for the youth” Munthali said.
The Summit brought together the continent’s employer organisations, private and public sector decision-makers as well as other stakeholders to deliberate and design an employment strategy for Africa that underscores the importance of entrepreneurship and a business-friendly environment.
Despite Africa’s relatively strong economic growth performance over the past decade, many countries on the continent are grappling with several development challenges ranging from food insecurity, high unemployment, poverty and inequality, to commodity dependence, lack of economic transformation, environmental degradation, and low integration of the continent in the global economy. Job creation in the formal sector of the economy has failed to keep pace with the rate of economic growth.
Just recently, Malawi became the first country in Africa to establish a Global Apprenticeship Netwok (Gan), a coalition of leading companies committed to end youth unemployment and skills mismatch by investing in work-based training.
The Gan Malawi network, which will be facilitated by Ecam, will provide employers with an opportunity to advocate for conducive environment to accommodate young people in different organisations to give them necessary skills for employability.