The County Government of Nakuru will keenly follow up on the progress of youth selected to join various training and internship programs to enrich its human capital database.
Deputy Governor Dr Erick Korir said those picked to join such programs by the national and county governments or development partners were the county’s ambassadors and would want to have the best from them.
The DG was speaking at the launch of randomization for cycle 1 of the Kenya Youth Employment Opportunities Project at Ole Ken Hotel on Friday where 870 beneficiaries were randomly picked from the 32, 000 applicants in the county.
“Such initiatives are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge and skills needed in the labor market as well as establishing linkages in the field,” Dr Korir said.
KYEOP is a national youth empowerment project being implemented by Government of Kenya, funded by the World Bank over a 5 year period.
It aims to increase employment and earning opportunities to youth aged between 18-29 years and who have Form Four education and below.
According to National Director of Youth Affairs in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Dr Florence Muinde, the project will be implemented in a number of cycles over the 5 year period, with each cycle lasting 6 months.
Nakuru, Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and Kwale were the only counties targeted in phase one of the project.
“The program seeks to address the disconnect within our education system by offering relevant skills as prescribed by the job market,” she said.
Nakuru Town East MP Mr David Gikaria said the program came at an opportune time when the county and national governments were seeking to address unemployment among the youth.
“Mid last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled an ambitious plan that guarantees at least 100,000 new jobs for youth every year,” recalled the MP.
Under the Sh4 billion program, graduates from universities and technical institutes will be absorbed by government and the private sector for a period of 12 to 18 months.
President Kenyatta on June 24, 2017 said the internship program would significantly boost the his administration’s current one million jobs a year agenda.
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