Investing in young Africans: PAMCIT’s message at EDD17

By 2030, just 17 years from now, we will need to create an estimated 18 million jobs a year across sub-Saharan Africa to make sure our young people find work as they enter the job market.

PAMCIT went to the European Development Days in Belgium in early June to explain how it is investing in careers for young Africans. Watch the video

Through degree programmes, training, study visits, internships, scholarships and networking, PAMCIT helps open doors into the world of work for graduates from five African universities.

Professional interpreters and translators are in high demand in Africa and elsewhere. So whether their degrees are in sociology, journalism, business or languages, the PAMCIT Master’s degree can be a smart career option for young Africans if they have the skills, the knowledge and the commitment to become language professionals.

The PAMCIT Master’s degree is about practical skills. Our trainers are practising conference interpreters and translators who make sure our graduates know how to do their jobs. Students learn the theory of the profession but the focus on practical training throughout the two-year course means they constantly practise what they learn and are ready to work when they graduate.

The PAMCIT Master’s degree also helps students sharpen their practical skills in real life working contexts and gain international exposure at the same time.

We place students in internships in some of the most sought after organisations in Africa and around the world - the UN, the AU, the African Development Bank, ECOWAS, the Pan-African Parliament, the ICC in the Hague, FAO and many others.

Once our graduates are qualified, we try to help them into jobs in a range of organisations that recruit translators and conference interpreters.

Why are we doing this? Simple. Demand for language professionals is high; the multilingual talent in Africa is huge. Why shouldn’t some of that talent be nurtured to meet international demand as we create opportunities for young Africans?

Image and video courtesy of the European Commission/Europe Aid