Itemere tells youth to acquire skills to work online
Young people should stop complaining about unemployment and embrace technology which would enable them to work online.
Broadcasting and Telecommunications PS Sammy Itemere said this on Thursday when he interacted with students of St. Pauls University in Limuru sub-county at the institution’s hall.
Itemere said many individuals and institutions both locally and abroad were marketing their goods and services on the internet, hence the need for young people to be conversant on how to access the opportunities.
The PS observed that the government was concerned over the number of many unemployed people and was mounting training for 10, 000 youths who would be trained on online jobs from June 5th.
He said this was the first batch of the 40, 000 youths expected to be trained in a series of activities by the government, after registering with the Ajira platform to be attached to various government institutions.
He however clarified that not all online work was computer based as many individuals and institutions were going onto the internet to post their work and seeking for people who could do it and deliver within the shortest time.
The PS told the students about his own experience from the private sector when the banking institution he worked for later automated its services and now more jobs that were being done by many people could now be performed by only two or three people.
The automation, which he said was being embraced by many institutions, had rendered many people jobless but they should not lose hope as they could have virtual jobs where they could work from the comfort of their houses.
He told the students that by embracing such virtual jobs, they would save time and money they would have spent on traversing to offices in various towns.
The PS explained that the government was laying out infrastructure which would empower citizens to walk into the nearest facility which were being constructed at the constituency level, access internet and work online without incurring anything.
He said it was rather expensive for some people to work owing to the amount of data bundles required to complete their tasks but the government was in the process of addressing the problem.
Itemere said some of the existing innovation hubs were located in Mombasa, Tala, Kisumu and two in Nairobi.
However, he told the students that there was one in Limuru near the law courts which is an initiative of the County government of Kiambu and the Ministry of Information, which was operational.
During the tour, the PS was accompanied by senior officers from the Ministry headquarters whose involvement in the online jobs interaction was evident, and students were encouraged to ask questions to which the team responded too instantly.
More students who did not have an opportunity to be heard were encouraged to tweet their questions and they would be attended to within less than three hours.
By Lydia Shiroya