Youth Training For Empowerment, The Key To Ending Unemployment


The rate of unemployment in Kenya continues to be a key point of discussion. Kenya is made up of 80% youth between the ages of 18-35 years. Sadly, most of them continue to linger in unemployment despite the many available job opportunities in the informal sector of the economy.

Hence it raises the question, what is creating this gap?

For the youth to venture into available job and wealth creation opportunities and become successful at it, they need training. Skills training will majorly fill the gap of unemployment in Kenya. However, the training has to be complemented with the guidance of the trainee to venture into starting a business and receive financial support to do so.

KCB Foundation is on the forefront to bridge this gap through offering TVET training services under the 2jiajiri program. The focus is mainly the unemployed and fresh out of school youth who seek to venture into entrepreneurship and need training and funding to do so. The program focuses on key industries, which include – agriculture, construction, beauty & personal services, automobile services and domestic services.

The training runs for a period of six months after which the graduates get job opportunities through the corporate partnerships KCB has forged with several companies. The graduates get a chance to work with Toyota Kenya, Tuskys chain of supermarkets, Aziz Beauty, Ashleys Hair & Beauty, Amadiva and more companies just to mention a few.

The initiative also goes a long way in ensuring that the beneficiaries of the program get a chance to start their own businesses through funding received from KCB. They are matched with mentors and staff to offer them business development services all aimed at helping them streamline the day-to-day activities of the business and succeed in their ventures.

This year alone has seen over 12,000 youth benefit from the TVET training under the KCB 2jiajiri program. The beneficiaries are cut across the various aforementioned industries. KCB Group, through the 2Jijairi program, hopes to eliminate unemployment and create skilled youth who address the need in the market.

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