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Centum’s subsidiary Tribus to invest Sh137mn on 10 Youth Employment Centres

Ajiry will offer a free platform that will link job seekers to employers as well as provide mentorship and professional training.

Mworia says the intention is to tackle youth unemployment and empower small businesses/FILE

NAIROBI, February 2020 – Centum Investment’s Tribus-TSG is set to open 10 employment centres across 10 different counties in Kenya that will help to directly link job seekers to their potential employers.

The company has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in Kenya, under its Young Africa Works initiative.

The Foundation will support the project by committing $1.36 million (about Sh137 million) to finance both the employee wages and equipping of the first 10 pilot Ajiry Centres.

The Centres will work with the government, counties, private sector, educational institutions, training providers, associations, and NGOs to create an open, free employment platform.

Ajiry will offer a free platform that will link job seekers to employers as well as provide mentorship and professional training.

The strategically located Ajiry Centres will be established in different regions to serve people from diverse backgrounds.

The Ajiry Centres are currently under development and the Ajiry App was launched in May 2019 to give job seekers real-time job opportunities and on-demand workforce services.

“We have already registered in our database more than 23,000 skills and advertised more than 9,000 jobs since the launch of the Ajiry App.

The intention is to tackle youth unemployment and empower small businesses,” says Centum’s Chief Executive Officer, James Mworia. On the Ajiry Progressive Web App, which can be accessed via the link, a button called “MyHustle” will enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individuals to advertise their products free of charge.

The Ajiry App gives employers freedom to choose from a variety of rated and verified professionals, and to call them directly to negotiate payment terms.

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The platform also gives users a variety of well-paying unformal jobs to choose from, rather than trying to secure a position from the scarce formal employment opportunities.

This has been achieved by creating a platform for recruitment of blue-collar workers and the advertisement of art to promote talent.

“Investing in young people is critical for economic growth and pays dividends over the long-term,” explains Daniel Hailu, Regional Head Eastern and Southern Africa at the Mastercard Foundation.

With the right support in relevant skills, financial services, networks, and markets, young Kenyans will find dignified and fulfilling work, which will improve their lives and those of their communities.”

The Mastercard Foundation will implement Young Africa Works in 10 African countries, including Kenya, in collaboration with governments, private sector, entrepreneurs, educators, and young people.

In Kenya, the initiative aims to see five million young Kenyans, especially young women, access dignified work.

In March 2019, Centum through its subsidiary Tribus TSG, which provides private security solutions, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Youth Service (NYS).

Through the partnership, 173 NYS graduates have been absorbed into Tribus TSG. More than 100 youths have also received training at Centum’s Vipingo Development at the Kenyan coast, out of which 20 were employed within the real estate project.

The Vipingo Scholarship Fund has awarded more than 154 scholarships to disadvantaged boys and girls.

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“Since Centum started construction works here in our region and employed me, my life has really changed. I can now afford to raise and pay school fees for my children without a problem. I hereby urge my fellow friends to come join me so that we can all grow together,” appeals Eunice Pahe Mwadodo, a scholarship beneficiary.

“We have also invested more than Sh30million in six start-ups as part of the Centum Foundation’s objective of empowering the growth of small businesses,” says Mworia.

“We have made a deliberate decision to focus our corporate social investments to tackle unemployment among the youth. We believe youth are key to the contribution of the country’s economic agenda and remain untapped given the continued rise in the unemployment rate.”

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