By O’Brien Kimani
The government plans to ramp up the online job market by training ten thousand online workers.
The Ministry of ICT plans to launch five training centers next month financed by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says this is part of the Ajira program that seeks to train one million online workers in the next one year.
For a country with one of the highest unemployment rates in Sub Saharan Africa, innovation is key in dealing with the problem.
For Kenya, the information and communications sector provides unrivaled opportunity to chalk up a huge number of the un-employed millions.
Last year, the Ministry of ICT launched a program dubbed Ajira Kenya where the government plans to train one million online workers to tap the billion dollar web based job market.
Though official data is hard to come, it is estimated that close to 500 thousand Kenyans dominate the industry making the country the biggest source for online workers in Africa.
To strengthen Kenya’s online jobs position in the world, the ministry of ICT plans to roll-out a one week training program targeting 10,000 youths.
The 100 million shillings program will be held in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri and Meru starting next month.
CS Mucheru says low awareness levels and lack of skills to navigate the online workspace have contributed to the low uptake of online work by Kenyans.
The one-week residential training will be provided free of charge through a partnership agreement between the Ministry of ICT, Kenya Private Sector Alliance and Rockefeller Foundation.
To participate in the program, one needs to log on to the www.ajiradigital.go.ke and fill the application form.