The launching of the new capacity building program referred to as Africa Catalyst program which was done in partnership with Global Research Fund UK, and Royal Academic for Engineers necessitated the need for the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers (SLIE) to embark on capacity training for young engineer graduates from the University of Sierra Leone at Computech situated at Pultney Street in Freetown.
Speaking on background of the program, the President of the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers (SLIE), Prof. Redwood-Sawyer disclosed that due to lack of soft skills many young engineer graduates lack prompted the government through the Ministry of Finance to partner with SLIE to execute the program which according to him, is a pilot program mainly looking forward to capacitate young engineer graduates on soft skills. He continued that the said program would be subsequently taken over by the government of Sierra Leone after the pilot phase would have come to an end and created impact.
Dilating on the aim of the program, he noted that the program would develop the Young Engineers’ Corp for current engineer graduates who are in the job market and those looking to improve their employability within the working environment. He further disclosed that another primary aim is to enhance the curriculum in the University.
The Vice President of the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers (SLIE) who also doubles as the Coordinator of the training program, Ing.Trudi Morgan disclosed that twenty graduates were selected for the training program after going through the necessary assessment procedures. She said that she was keen in looking out for “T-shape Engineers” who could move faster in parallel with the world in terms of global modernization. She noted that the training program is meant to transform young graduate engineers into T-shape engineers who should have deep knowledge in software skills in order to match up with the global trend of advancement. On the format of the program, she intimated that the training program encompasses one week basic computer skills and project management skills, two weeks soft skills training, six weeks internship with employers and one week CV writing, interview preparation and project closure.
In his contribution, the Minister of Energy, Amb. Henry Macauley pinpointed that the framework for Young Engineers’ Corp is to increase the work force in the area of engineering.
He disclosed that the Bumbuna power station has lots of young engineers who have been trained to take over the operations of the said station. He disclosed that as SLIE had been their counterpart in improving the energy sector, he commended SLIE for their remarkable effort in capacitating young engineer graduates in the country.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Zinaib Buya -Kamara reiterated that the training is all about capacitating young students to increase their passion for the profession. She added that the objective is to attract young engineers to pursue engineering courses and consider the profession as a career as she said “the end result would enable the government to tap into the potentials of young engineer graduates in the country”. Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers Embarks on capacitating Young Engineers’ Corp in Sierra Leone.
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