Government seeks to empower youth on online jobs
The Government through the Ajira initiative seeks to train over one million youth across the country to enable them competitively seek and retain online jobs in a move geared towards addressing the unemployment gap.
Through the initiative now in its third phase, it was anticipated that the youth would use the government driven platform to acquire globally competitive skills in Information Communication Technology (ICT) to help them tap from lucrative opportunities in the dynamic cyber space to create wealth and jobs for sustainable economic growth.
Speaking on Monday at the launch of the program’s third phase held at the Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST), the Chief Economist in the State Department of ICT, Gabriel Kaunda said the third cohort of 150 beneficiaries in Nakuru would be inducted on online working practices to position them for ample job openings online.
Kaunda said the program would also be valuable in bridging the widening gap between available skills and the dynamic online job market to enable Kenya become a globally competitive online human resource hub.
The first two cohorts of 700 beneficiaries in Nakuru completed the training last week and were equipped with prerequisite ICT skills ready for uptake of the more than two million online jobs annually.
The RVIST Ag. Principal, David Maru hailed the initiative as a timely spring board to economic freedom among the youth whom he said comprised of the country’s most vulnerable focus group.
Maru encouraged more youth in the country to enroll in to the program and acquaint themselves with the principles of working on line and pursue jobs online.
He said the corporate world was shifting its operations to the online platform and that only ICT proficient people would find opportunities to better their livelihoods.
The program was officially launched by ICT Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru last month and has been running on a pilot basis in Nakuru, Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and Meru with a modest target of 10, 000 beneficiaries.
Plans are underway to expand the program to other counties in the spirit of hitting the one million mark.
Statistics attributable to the World Bank show that at least 700, 000 youth in Kenya were jobless.
By Jane Ngugi