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Ajira Digital introduces Kenyan youth to online work.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says the government has partnered with seven credible online firms that work with the private sector in outsourcing jobs/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6 – The government is working with the private sector to see Kenyan youth without jobs access jobs online.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says the government has partnered with seven credible online firms that work with the private sector in outsourcing jobs in a bid to offer these opportunities to jobless but qualified Kenyans.

Mucheru says with the new Ajira Digital thousands of Jobless Kenyans will get access to over 1.3 million job offers.

The Ajira programme has so far trained about 10, 000 graduates with the second phase expected to begin soon.

“We have received over 30, 000 requests by people who want to get trained in the Ajira Programme,” Mucheru noted.

Ajira programme trains graduates in soft skills such as how to respond to clients, how to reply emails, professional etiquette among others.

Kenya Private Sector Alliance Chief Executive Carole Kariuki says the move will see increased productivity in firms that need extra hand without necessary employing but outsourcing some of its jobs.

“You may find firms that need an extra hand in one month and do not necessarily need to retain someone as a fully fledged employee,” Kariuki said.

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