Multi-Services Training Centre (MTC) has graduated its first batch in Juba after completed three-month specialized courses.
The students were selected across the country said they had learned skills to help them run their own business and become job creators in their towns and villages.
Senior government dignitaries, international partners attended the graduation ceremony on Thursday 14th October 2021.
Mr. Martin Lugala, the Director of MTC, says the graduates acquired skills in hairdressing, bakery, electricity connection, customer care services, painting, and beauty therapy. Among the 449 graduates, 190 are females.
“That MTC is graduating its first badge, which is the total number of 449 that started in July to September,” Lugala said.
The UN Development Programmer’s Resident Coordinator, SAMUEL G. Doe, encouraged the newly graduated students to make practical use of the skills learned and become productive in society.
“UNDP has been working together with the Ministry of Labor in developing the skills of young people in South Sudan. Through the skills for youth employability and social inclusion project, the Juba MTC was equipped with tools provided with training materials to deliver quality services to young men and women of South Sudan,” he stressed.
Director-General in the national Ministry of Labor, Rev. John Chol Daau, says the vocational training has answered youth employment problems.
“You have done a great achievement, and youths have been complaining that they are not employed, but then I know most of the youth need a white-collar job, but white-collar jobs will not take you an where. The positions in the public services are very small, it’s only a graduate sector. I want to tell you the graduate, don’t mind somebody telling you that you don’t have a university certificate or whatever,” he said.
Miss Sarah Agostino Juma Kulang, one technical student, specializing in making bread (bakery), said she is confident to deliver services. She has a plan to own shop bakery shop to support her relatives and family.
“I need the young people who are not doing anything out there to come to MTC and get trained with skills that will enable them to create jobs for themselves.”
Another is Samuel Lobundu Samuel, who deals in hairdressing. He says the training qualified him to become a professional hairdresser. “I’m happy with the knowledge I acquired at MTC. I was once a helper who helped engineers who built houses and given little money, but now I’m a person with my skills.”
The institute has enrolled 729 new students to start class this year.
Netherlands embassy funded the Multi-services Training Center through UN Development Programmer on behalf of South Sudan’s government.