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Sweden to help Malawi improve on recruitment

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Malawi is expected to work with the Swedish Southern-African Chamber of Commerce to bring more efficiency to the processes that companies are following in their recruitment process.

The initiative, which is being advanced through the Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam), will offer Malawian companies an opportunity to use a web based competition and recruitment platform, SQORE, an instrument that uses a skills-based approach to graduate recruitment.

Through the agreement, Ecam is expected to work with companies to help them identify suitable candidates to fill job vacancies and the employer association is banking on the wealth of experience from Swedish companies to improve the methodologies being followed by Malawian companies in the recruitment process.

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However, a labour unionist has called for regulation of internship programmes to ensure that such programmes truly benefit the youth.

The SQORE platform uses a skills-based assessment procedure which calculates a candidate’s ranking based on their engagement, activity and performance, allowing them to showcase their ability regardless of whether these skills were gained at university, online, or self-taught. The platform has a network in more than 190 countries.

Ecam Executive Director, Beyani Munthali said the approach will give companies in Malawi a more efficient way of determining which candidate is the most deserving to be given a post as under the new arrangement, skill, ability and academic background will take priority over nepotistic reputation.

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“Companies will also broaden the pool of talent from which to choose and use a carefully designed competition to ensure that the finalists are well equipped with the knowledge, skills and drive they are looking for, which can often be hard to assess through a curriculum vitae,” Munthali said.

Total Malawi will be pioneering the concept in Malawi.

However, a labour unionist has called for regulation of internship programmes to ensure that such programmes truly benefit the youth.

Speaking in a separate interview, Secretary General of the Communications Workers Union of Malawi (Cowuma), Hamilton Deleza, said in the absence of proper guidelines to govern internship programmes, youth in Malawi are exposed to abusive working environments thereby defeating the Malawi Government’s goal of achieving decent work for all in line with international standards as set by the International Labour Organisation.

“There is need to spell out the conditions for these internships, whether they will be paid up or not. While such initiatives will help Malawi to reduce new entrants on the market, as a country, we still need to come up with strategies that will help us to create new jobs,” he said.

Deleza said unemployment levels remain high in Malawi and suggests that the country needs to come up with economic policies that encourage investment, that way ensuring continuous job creation.

“We need to create incentives even for our local investors to invest more in the county. But at the moment our taxes are too high, our infrastructure, road network are all not conducive to investment in the process posing a challenge to employment creation.”

The National Statistical Office last reported unemployment at 21 percent.

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