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KYEOP target to train 280,000 vulnerable youths

KYEOP target to train 280,000 vulnerable youths

Harambee House June 18/06/18

Cabinet Secretaries Prof Margaret Kobia (Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs), Ukur Yatani (Labour and Social Protection), and Representative of Council of Governors (CoG) Governor Paul Chepkwony of Kericho County have outlined the National and Devolved Government’s success in creating employment to thousands of Kenyan youth.

Briefing the press following the National Steering Committee of the Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Projects (KYEOP) meeting held at Harambee House, the trio stated that the project which commenced last year, Is on course to impart Skills and increase employment and earnings opportunities for280,000 vulnerable youth in next four years.

In a joint statement read by CS Prof Kobia, who was accompanied by the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry Hon. Rachel Shebesh, the statement gave a score card of its successes and challenges. The statement added that the project is designed to respond to various needs of young people in their diversity.

The project being implemented by three Ministries: Youth, Labour and Industry with ongoing support of the National Treasurer, World Bank and other stakeholders, in its first cycle of training unskilled youths for 3 months on-job internships and apprenticeship achieved milestone in achieving targeted goal.

“Through the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA), we are reaching out to those youth never went up to it beyond form four with training in Life skills, core Business Skills, Sector Specific Skills, Entrepreneurship skill. After trailing, the youth are attached to formal businesses or master craftsmen for 3 months on-job internships and apprenticeship after which they are tested and certified for acquired skills and competence,” the joint statement added.

In the second cycle of the project, KYEOP is addressing emerging challenges as well as cater for the government big Four Agenda. Besides targeting to train over 280,000 youth on life Skills, they are encouraged to enlist in the NHIF through the monthly stipend of Ksh6000. The youth are already establishing cottage industries through the grants of Ksh40,000 being granted through Nita,” the statement stated.

Therefore, The Cabinet Secretaries for Public Services, Youth and Gender Affairs, National Treasury,Labour,Trade and Industry affirmed support of the project to ensure its objectives are achieved and will continue working with all other stakeholders for the benefit of this country.

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