The Government should seriously consider setting up a national employment agency to facilitate the placement of university graduates into the workforce once they complete studies, said Minister of Education and Training, Jean Pierre Nirua.
The minister said the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) only provides scholarship opportunities to the young people but it’s not its responsibility to provide jobs after graduation.
“A lot of people think the MoET is responsible to facilitate training of graduates and also to provide jobs,” he said.
“This is a challenge. There is no structure to facilitate the coordination between education and employment.
“I strongly recommend the establishment of a national employment agency which will work closely with the industries and scholarship office to help secure the employment of the graduates.
“I am appealing to the government to think seriously about this.”
Minister Nirua said scholarships this year onward align with the priorities of the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) and the newly launched National Human Resource Development Plan.
The government of Vanuatu, through the MoET provides scholarship opportunities to 400 to 500 eligible students every year.