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  • NAYCOM Awarded Bronze by H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on outstanding performance 2012

  • Minister of Youth Affairs Bai Mamoud Bangura and winners of Youth Week Quiz Competition

  • NAYCOM Bags Silver Award for Best Performance

  • Launch of the First Status of Youth Report of Sierra Leone

  • Youth Commissioner & Private Sector Investor

  • President Koroma at the Commission's Launch

 

Career Advisory and Placement Services (CAPS) 

 

 

Career Advisory and Placement Service (CAPS) is one of the initiatives designed by UNDP to tackle the huge youth unemployment and under employment problem. CAPS is geared towards increasing the potentials of students to acquire jobs in study-related areas and to become high-performing employees. Services provided by the centres piloted at Njala University, Fourah Bay College and NAYCOM are towards increasing employment prospects of university graduates and alumni, improve pathways from universities to employers and decrease saturation of graduates in no/low growth jobs.

The services targets; students entering the university- during their orientation sessions to guide them in choosing course areas that enhances their employability after graduation, students coming towards their graduation, young graduates, alumni, employers.

The services are financially supported by UNDP and provided by NAYCOM through the universities. Plans for the establishment of the new ones are to have the centres located in the regional offices of NAYCOM.

Currently the service is provided by the National Youth Commission, Njala University and University of Sierra Leone. The service has been extended to Njala Bo Campus, Northern and Eastern Polytechnics in Makeni and Kenema respectively by July 2012. 
Output Strategy
Services shall be provided to the following categories of persons and in the following ways:
Services to Students

  1. Placement – to place students in suitable internships and to refer qualified students and alumni for job vacancies
  2. Self-assessment – to ascertain student abilities, interests, personality attributes, and values and to apply these factors in selecting appropriate majors and career fields 
  3. Career exploration and exposure – to facilitate examination of career fields and specific occupations with regards to job duties, working conditions, worker characteristics (abilities, personality attributes, and values), earnings, training requirements, and promotional opportunities.
  4. Labor market information – to provide local (country and regional) information and projections as to job growth and demand thus enabling students to select training that will lead to viable employment opportunities (and decrease saturation of students in no/low growth fields)
  5. Employment tools – to provide pragmatic skills in job search, job applications, CVs, and interviewing
  6. Employability tools – to provide graduates and alumni an ‘edge’ in getting and keeping a job and growing on the job
  7. Self employment tools – to impart entrepreneurship awareness and help graduates and alumni direct academic learning to self-employment opportunities
  8. Vocational guidance – To assist students and alumni understand themselves in relation to career choice and work-life issues and to provide guidance in vocational planning
  9. Academic advising – To guide students in selecting academic majors and coursework in line with their career goals
  10. Alumni special services – to provide services catering to the needs and issues of alumni

Services to Employers

  1. Placement – to interact with employers in placing suitable students in internships and to refer qualified graduates and alumni for job vacancies
  2. Job Fairs – to facilitate employers’ participation in job fairs
  3. Corporate citizenship – to help employers support university and community efforts to  engage students in the world of work

Services to the Community
Career exposure – to provide age-appropriate career information to primary and secondary students to broaden world of work outlooks – while representing and promoting the university