More than 170,000 are set to benefit from a 15 billion government project under the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, aimed at equipping them with ICT skills to enable them secure employment and earn livelihoods. The project also offers an opportunity for grants to set up businesses.
An estimated 32,000 youth have so far received training and internship in both formal and informal sectors and close to 75 per cent have secured employment, with 10,000 receiving grants to set up their businesses. The Principal Secretary State Department for Youth Affairs Mr. Julius Korir said the youngsters from 17 targeted counties applied for the fifth cycle of the project advertised in May under the World Bank funded Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project (KYEOP).
The project design has adopted the ‘apprenticeship’ model for training the youth where master craftsmen were contracted to take the youth through skills acquisition. Each craftsman is allocated a maximum of six trainees, for five months. Mr. Korir further added that the beneficiaries will have gone through a one month life skills training before being assigned a master craftsman. The five-year project, that ends next year targets those aged between 18 and 29 years and have sat for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary (KCSE) examinations.
The project seeks to create employment opportunities for the youth, provide labor market and equip them with entreprenurial skills. Targted counties include: Mombasa, Kilifi, Nairobi, Nakuru, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Mandera, Wajir, Bungoma, Kakamega, Kwale, Kisumu, Kisii, Machakos, Kitui and Migori.
The selection process for the next cycle begins on August 17 and it will be done through a computerized random selection upon which successful applicants will be contacted for guidance on activities that will follow.