Zimbabwe’s education 5.0 programme is changing the mindset of graduates
New graduates are looking to the future with optimism as they benefit from the Graduate Employment Creation and Development Programme
The programme is a government initiative that supports graduates with startup capital to embark on entrepreneurship, as reported by
ZBC News, a partner of TV BRICS.
Government education 5.0 is a game changer for tertiary graduates as graduates from Gweru Polytechnic are poised to provide solutions to the needs of the industry.
Students who graduated say they are ready to create startups that will offer relevant solutions to the needs of various industries.
“I was studying accounting. I realised that I can offer solutions to the industry by developing applications that can be used to balance business transactions. I am ready to start my own accounting firm to help ensure accountability across different business platforms,” said one of the graduates.
“I have studied human resources in this university. I realised that it is easy to set up an HR firm that provides competent advice to the industry. I am going to start my own business which can be a solution for the industry,” explained another graduate.
The government says it is ready to do its part and help graduates with startup capital for the good of the country.
“We would like all graduates of Gweru Polytechnic to be assisted to establish startups. Government has given graduates the opportunity to start new industries and companies through the Graduate Employment Creation and Development Programme. Gone are the days when one has to look for a job after graduating from college,” said Permanent Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education, Professor Fanuel Tagwira.
Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Owen Ncube said: “We recognise that our mandate as a Midlands province is in line with the National Development Strategy 1, ensuring that we create projects that promote new businesses, employment and job creation amongst youth in the province through the development of female capital. I am therefore pleased to know that this institution has trained people with disabilities and imparted various skills, thereby empowering them.”
The Second Republic has proactively worked towards empowering students in tertiary institutions by advancing education 5.0. This initiative has now evolved into the Integrated Skills Expansion Outreach Programme, enabling students to actively participate in communities and share practical skills. This engagement ultimately contributes to the creation of high-quality products and services as an integral aspect of executing an inclusive development programme.