Kajiado launches vocational training for youth

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Kajiado, Wednesday May 23, 2018

Kajiado County government has launched a Youth Empowerment program that will see 1,000 youth from the County trained annually on various vocational skills and thereafter linked to private and state employers.

The program dubbed ‘2-jiajiri’ hopes to train 4, 000 youth in four years. 300 youth from different wards in the County are set to commence the training with 700 others joining the institute in September.

Governor Joseph ole Lenku while launching the programme at the Maasai Technical Training Institute in Kajiado town, revealed that he will set aside Sh.100 million every year for four years for training purposes.

“We will set aside Sh. 100 million every year towards the programme, KCB bank have partnered with us in this cause. We hope to train 1000 youth every year for the next four years”, He added.

The youth will be trained in welding and fabrication, carpentry and joinery, masonry, plumbing and other artisan courses. Lenku said school leavers must be mentored and trained to take vocational training as this was the next big thing in creation of job opportunities and self-employment.

He noted that the job markets were now flooded and unskilled youth cannot all be employed, adding that at the end of the training, the youth would be given loans to kick-start their businesses.

“Our youth need to be given opportunities that make them self reliant and productive in nation building rather than leave them to seek cash hand outs to survive. We have to teach them how to fish” said Lenku.

The youth from the county’s 25 wards will be trained at the Masai Technical Training Institute in Kajiado town till November after which they will be offered internship at various corporate organizations within the county.

Youth and Sports CEC, Alvin Kimani said the program was aimed at empowering the youth, so that they can better their lives.

“We are creating two types of jobs, for employment in the corporate world and for self-employment. We have a kitty for youth loans and those trained in this program will be given a priority,” said Kimani.

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