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Youth training and internships in Kenya

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Alice Githu is Senior Youth Development Officer at the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in Kenya.

Kenya has high unemployment and under-employment, but the jobless rate for youth is much higher than that for adults. For that reason, a pilot project—part of the Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP)—is under way to address the lack of skills and work experience for unemployed youth (aged 15-29).

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At the recent South-South Learning Forum in Hyderabad, India, we spoke with the KYEP’s coordinator, Alice Githu (Senior Youth Development Officer, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports). She says that one key lesson emerging from the pilot is the need to offer life skills training on top of core business skills. Another is the importance of private sector involvement.

This post was first published on the Jobs Knowledge Platform.

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Submitted by Jaynee Ngenge on

Hi Alice Githu,

I love what the government is trying to do through the ministry of youth affairs to reduce the high unemployment rate especially among the youth in this country. The necessary skills and experience is key and most vital in this day and age where there is a large disparity between what tertiary education institutions are offering and what the current job market demands. I agree that it is necessary to equip the youth with the relevant and specialized training to enable them to confidently take part in the growth and development of our country's economy and this is what we do a Kenya Youth Board. We educate the youth members by providing effective entrepreneurial training courses that will impact the youth to hold the highest standard of work ethics and professionalism and in the end we do also provide industrial attachment and job opportunities .i also liked the way information about this pilot project has been passed to the district youth officers two weeks prior to advertising it in the papers which is very timely and pro-active. We do believe that access to information is key in the day to day society and is the main pillar of having an economically progressive society and also that skill development is key to prevention of exploitation among the youth in the different forms that we have witnessed happen because of social, religious and economic factors.

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