The government in conjunction with World Bank is set to train over 280, 000 youths aged between 18 and 29 years through Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project (KYEOP) in 17 select Counties in the next five years.
According to Thika East and West Sub-County Youth officer Obadiah Karanja, already, mobilization has been going on in all the 12 Sub-Counties within Kiambu County with Thika East and West having registered over 1, 000 prospective youths.
Speaking during a national government heads of departments meeting in Thika Friday, the Youth Officer said that World Bank would invest S5 billion aimed at increasing employment and earning opportunities to youths with form four education and below who failed to join formal technical training institutions, but have the capacity of training either under a master craftsman or in institutions that offered short courses.
Karanja pointed out that the enrollment that has already kicked off in seven Counties including Kiambu , Migori, Turkana, Kitui, Kisumu, Kwale and Mombasa would ran in two phases of two circles each, where youths would be facilitated to obtain training and get support to grow their own businesses.
He further said that the youths would choose the kind of training they wanted to receive with those opting for informal training being put under a craft master for five months before being given a stipend of Sh40, 000 to start off a business of choice.
Those who opt for formal training would be required to identify a short course that they could take for two months, then an internship of two months before being issued with a certificate and a stipend of Sh40, 000 to also start a business of their choice.
He said that some of the formal training the youths were scheduled to be exposed to include courses in ICT, fashion and design, masonry, hair dressing, plumbing, oil pipeline operations, electrical installation, motor vehicle mechanics and food processing and waste management.
In the informal sector, the youths would be exposed to agribusiness, welding and metal fabrication, events planning, bead making weaving, baking and panel beating among other informal courses.
Karanja revealed that chiefs and their assistants have been tasked with the responsibilities of creating awareness in their areas of jurisdiction to facilitate immediate kick starting of the program.
He said that registration was going on in the Kenya Youth Employment Opportunities Project (KYEOP) online page, with the launching scheduled to take place mid next week.
Source: Kenya News Agency