DIT graduates competent  at work, new study shows

DIT graduates competent at work, new study shows

THE Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) has unveiled its preliminary study report on its graduates in the job market, indicating that 98 per cent of individuals who succeed in securing employment display high level of competence.

Titled 'DIT Graduates Tracer Study Report’ the report made follow up on its students who graduated in 2020.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam, on Thursday at a workshop for report dissemination, Prof Christopher Mgonja, Deputy Principal (academics, research and consultancy), said the survey checked how the institute’s products performed in the market.

“Through this kind of study we manage to identify gaps in programmes that we offer and make more improvements to meet the market demands,” Prof Mgonja explained.

The survey was conducted in the past since the review of the curriculum was a continued process, he said.

Elaborating on the report, Dr Ambele Mtafya, chairman of the Tracer Study committee, said the survey revealed that an average of only 31 per cent of the 2020 graduates is jobless.

Dr Mtafya explained that out of all graduates, the employed male graduates accounts for 22.6 per cent while another 26.9 per cent of males are unemployed.

The survey also revealed that 13.5 per cent of males are self-employed while 14.4 per cent of males went for further training.

Over seven per cent are in internship while 4.3 per cent are volunteering.

The report further shows that the employed female graduates accounted for 1.9 per cent of all graduates, while the other 1.9 per cent pursue further training, 1.4 per cent are self-employed, 2.9 per cent under internship and 4.8 per cent are unemployed.

“The DIT follows requirements under the competence-based curriculum as guided by the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NACTVET).

The tracer study has found that 98 per cent the employed are competent at work, especially when it comes to practical work,” Dr Mtafya stated.

However, he raised concern that the job market has absorbed a small number of female graduates as compared to males.

Earlier, DIT's Senior Lecturer and Tracer committee member, Dr Asinta Manyele, said they are currently implementing a STEM project which intends to encourage more girls in secondary schools to pursue science subjects.

The STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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