The Government is encouraging young people to seek employment opportunities on online to bridge the shrinking vacancies in the formal sector.
Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications Mr. Sammy Itemere observed that though automation had led to shrinking of job opportunities in formal sector, the digital technology had also opened online work which young people could explore to earn a living.
Speaking in Kisumu on Monday during the official launch of the Ajira online work training session, Itemere said shrinking of job opportunities was a global concern and Kenya was no exception.
Work that was being done by 20 people some years back is now being done by two people because of uptake, he said.
The PS said online work supports millions of people around the world and Kenyans could benefit from similar opportunities to bridge the unemployment challenge the government was facing.
He said of the 100, 000 online jobs that are currently in Africa, Kenyans control 40, 000 of them in the cyber space.
He said the government was currently training 10, 000 young people under the first phase in six centres in Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Meru and Mombasa under the Ajira Digital Programme.
The active involvement of government to encourage you to take online work is surety that the work is genuine. That is why, we are empowering you with skills and knowledge to exploit the millions of jobs available in the cyber space, he said.
In a speech he read on behalf of Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru, Itemere said the government intends to enable over 1 million young people find online jobs.
Mucheru said the government targets to have four Innovations hubs (CIH) in each of the 290 constituencies to realize uptake of skills for the young people.
CHI is technology centres with free wi-fi connections to enable young people in their freelancing career as well as members of the community to access online work and information, he said.
In the Kisumu workshop, 170 youths from across 24 counties were being trained during the five days’ programme.
Source: Kenya News Agency