Busia County Assembly has adopted a motion mandating the County Department of Public Service Management to develop a policy within 60 days to effect institutional and legally regulated internship programs for purposes of absorption of deserving persons within the County.
Deputy Majority Leader Moses Ochieng who moved the motion said most employers seek to absorb employees with relevant work experience.
“This can only be achieved if the county government engages such youths in regulated attachment and internship programs,” he said.
The mover of the motion Hon. Moses Ochieng while contributing to the motion said that the County Government needs to come up with institutional framework that will help interns demonstrate skills they have learnt from the various institutions.
He said this will enable the youths to learn the required skills in the job market since employers are keen at skills and experience, adding that interns should be paid.
Hon. Azida Ali (nominated) said the move to absorb interns was a good idea but if improperly managed it can be misused.
Hon. Grace Omasete (Angurai South Ward) said that internship will create smooth transition between the between learning institutions and job market.
This, she said was due to the fact that employers seek for three years’ experience from fresh graduates who end up frustrated.
Okodoi Maskini (Chakol South) said that it’s better to enhance apprenticeship for students to learn from the experts.
David Kokonya (Malaba South) said that internships are like employment trainings meant to fulfil university expectations, adding that through internships the youths are able to learn the challenges in life and be creative.