500 to Secure Training, Jobs from HEMA Garments

The Director General of Workforce Development Authority, Jerome Gasana (L), and, Kevine Kagirimpundu, the factory manager r of, Uzuri K&Y garments, sign an agreement paperwork in Kigali yesterday.

The Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and HEMA Garments, Uzuri K&Y have signed a memorandum of understanding to enable unemployed youth secure training and employment opportunities. 

The deal worth Rwf334 million will facilitate training of least 500 youth in leather making and 100 in in garments-related trades.  

The project which is expected to commence in January is expected to enhance the quality of services and products delivered by trainees under industrial based trainings, and lead to better employability of the participants after the trainings.

While speaking during the signing of MoU with HEMA Garments and Uzuri K&Y, the Director General of WDA, Jerome Gasana, said that Jerome Gasana, the director-general of WDA explained that the agreement is part of efforts to bolster the National Employment programme (NEP).

 “We cannot rely on classic schools to train all Rwandans who need these short courses...we need more people like you to help us train as many Rwandans as possible, Gasana told entrepreneurs who had gathered to sign contracts.

He also noted that the training would last for a period of six months, adding that participants would be expected to learn all the practical aspect of it.

Explaining more about the project Gasana said that WDA will inject Rwf334m that will be paid to HEMA Garments and Uzuri K&Y to facilitate the trainings.

Gasana further called upon private companies to join the programme and help more Rwandans get skills, saying that the country is still lagging behind in this field.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, yesterday, Uzuri K&Y, Kevine Kagirimpundu, the factory manager said experts at the factory would engage students in various textile skills.

“We will teach them how to use the machines and then later if they acquire enough skills we employ them.”

She also commended WDA for its efforts in promoting private investments.

In the meantime more young people are expected to join the local garments and shoe making and leather works manufacturing industry as the government policy is expected to attract more players into the virgin industries.