NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 23 – Simba Foundation and UAP Old Mutual Faulu Foundation have partnered to provide technical and entrepreneurship training to underprivileged youth.
The program will see more than 70 students trained in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa counties for three years with a guaranteed paid internship during the training period. In this innovative model that encourages Competency Based Education and Training (CBET), the beneficiaries will be earning while learning skills that are much sought after by the industry.
“As a Foundation we are proud to be championing the empowerment of the youth of this country by equipping them with skills and values for a productive future. There is an evident skilling gap on technical skills in this industry, and we hope to bridge that through this training. This training has been in place, but we are expanding it further through the partnership with UAP Old Mutual Foundation”, said the Chairman of Simba Corporation Limited, Adil Popat.
On her part, Susan Omanga, the chairperson of UAP Old Mutual Foundation emphasized the core objective of the program which is to uplift the livelihoods of young people and their families in the country. “We are glad to be partnering with Simba Corporation Limited under this initiative.
As a foundation we have also partnered with some of our service providers like garages for the internship opportunities that will be provided to the students. The youth need this kind of support, and we are glad to be playing a role in supporting them, and in helping to shape their future” added Omanga during the signing ceremony launching the partnership between the two organizations.
The project, which will be implemented through St. Kizito Vocational Training Institute in Nairobi, The Kisumu National Polytechnic in Kisumu and Christian Industrial Training College in Mombasa, as an expansion of an initiative that was began in 2016 by Simba Foundation. To date, 135 youth have benefitted from the program and many of them are currently employed or running their micro enterprises.