Youth have been challenged to acquire skills to enable them take advantage of the abundant opportunities provided by the ICT industry.
John Sergon, Director of ICT in the Ministry of Information Communications and Telecommunication says young people need to acquire skills to get and create jobs online and improve their lot.
He was speaking in Mombasa on Monday at the Kenyatta University Campus where 200 unemployed youth have begun training of the Ajira Digital Programme that helps them seek and secure online jobs.
Ajira Digital is a portal available to all unemployed youth in the country, and who are willing to work online.
Sergon said the programme is a government initiative aimed at introducing young people to online work and provide the tools, training and mentorship needed for them to work and earn a descent income through online work.
He says the project in the long run will ensure Kenya becomes a destination of choice for skilled online workers besides tackling unemployment.
The Director said ICT Ministry has partnered with National Government Constituency Fund Board to increase internet penetration and provide internet to the Ajira initiative.
We are providing free Wi-Fi in four locations in each of the 290 constituencies across the country to ensure a wide reach for the Ajira project. We are determined to empower the youth to have the opportunities and support they need to reach their full potential, he said.
Kenyatta University Mombasa Campus Director, Dr. Francis Kiarie welcomed the digital initiative, noting that lack of proper skill development has deprived many youth of job opportunities in the country.
The University don urged the youth to make good use of the programme to enhance their skills and seize employment opportunities found in the ICT sector.
Source: Kenya News Agency