C&H Garments, the Chinese company, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Rwanda Workforce Development Authority (WDA) to enable students from technical and vocational education to secure training and employment opportunities.

factoryThe deal worth 516,731 U.S dollars will facilitate training of least 600 students in embroidery before being taken on for work at the factory.

Speaking to media after the signing ceremony, Anna An, the Chinese firm’s manager, said experts at the factory will equip Rwandan students with various textile skills.

“We need more workers at the factory and this will be an opportunity for Rwandan vocational graduates to get hands-on skills training, and as well job opportunities. We are glad to contribute towards addressing unemployment challenges in Rwanda,” she said.

The training is scheduled to begin on Feb. 22 and will cover a period of 6 months.

According to WDA. during the course of the training, 30 students will also be sent to China to get special textile training.

Jerome Gasana, WDA director-general, said the deal is part of the government’s efforts to bolster the National Employment program (NEP) in the country.

“We have a challenge of unemployment and this partnership will promote skills among young graduates. The garment industry is crucial to our country’s growth in terms of exports sector,” he said, adding 300 graduate students were taken up by the factory last year.

Rwanda’s unemployment rate stands at 3.4 percent, according to a 2012 official report. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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