NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 21 – Over 2000 youths aged between 15 to 29 years are expected to benefit from this year’s training and internship programme under the Kenya Youth and Empowerment Project (KYEP) funded by the government and World Bank.
The project is one of the government’s interventions to address unemployment which includes 3 months of training and three months of internship at various organisations.
Project coordinator at the Ministry of youth Affairs and sports Alice Githu said that 1,350 youth have been selected from Nairobi, 600 from Mombasa and 400 from Kisumu.
“Once they go through the programme and are placed with an employer, it is usually hoped that they will be retained, if the employer has an opportunity or was pleased by their performance. They can start their own business, from the experience they got from both the training and the internship,” Githu told Capital FM News.
The four-year project which started in June 2010 is expected to cost a total of Sh1.7billion.
“One thing to note is that this is not an employment programme. All we try to do is increase their chances of getting a job,” she said.
To be eligible, an applicant must be between 15 to 29 years of age, minimum education qualification of a secondary school certificate, out of school for a minimum of one year, not currently working, not in school, is a Kenyan and not selected in the previous cycles.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government targets to lift up to 10 million Kenyans out of poverty through employment by 2017.
Statistics on joblessness suggest that the magnitude of unemployment problem is larger for youth with 70 per cent of them neither in school nor working.
According to the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the overall unemployment rate for the youth stands at 21 per cent.