Government trains youth to acquire skills on on-line work

The Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) has embarked on a one month online work training to equip young people with skills that will enable them earn a living through online jobs.

The training dubbed ‘Ajira Digital Program is targeting at least 10,000 young people.

Beneficiaries will undergo a one week training where they will be provided with tools and mentorship skills needed for online work.

ICT Cabinet Secretary (CS), Joe Mucheru said his ministry in partnership with the Ministries of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Education and Foreign Affairs, partners in civil society and private sector developed the Ajira Digital program to bridge the gap between skills demand and lack of jobs reiterating the government’s objective of ensuring that by December this year at least 1 million youth find and earn a decent wage from online employment.

Online work supports millions of people around the world and Kenyans can benefit from similar opportunities to bridge employment gaps, said Mucheru urging the youth to show commitment, hard work and diligence while working online.

He added Online work requires skills and ethical values and that is why the government is training you to give you skills and knowledge to exploit millions of jobs available in the cyber space.

The CS made the remarks on Monday in a speech read on his behalf by a Ministry official, Steven Obaga during the official opening of the Ajira Digital training at the Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) in Nairobi.

He said the government has digitized most of its processes and services and also plans to have some of the work in judiciary put online to be completed and submitted by digital workers.

The CS said the government believes that access to digital work will build wealth and grow the middle class across the country, a move he pointed out will create more opportunities for businesses and direct growth of Gross Domestic Product.

He assured parents that online work is credible, noting that the active involvement of the government to inspire the youth to take up online work is a surety that it is genuine like other professions such as engineering, medicine, law and education.

Even without government intervention, already more than 40,000 Kenyans are registered on the leading online work market place, www, upwork.com where they earn a decent wage, noted Mucheru.

An online worker is a self-employed person who uses the internet to find, complete and submit work that is available 24 hours where free lancers can choose to work either day or night.

The CS said the government has plans of establishing constituency innovation hubs in all the 290 constituencies, a move that will enable the youth access online jobs through the Ajira Digital portal.

He said the hubs establishment that will involve the partnership of the government and the Members of Parliament will see the government provide the technology centres with free wi-fi connections while the Members of Parliament will use the resources allocated to them to equip the centres.

This centres are vital as they will help young people in their freelancing careers and community members to access online work and information for decision making, added the CS.

The one week training organized by the Ministry of ICT in partnership with KEPSA and funded by The Rockefeller Foundation had drawn trainees from across the country. The trainings are currently taking place in Nairobi, Meru, Nakuru, Mombasa and Kisumu.

Source: Kenya News Agency