By O’Brien Kimani
The first batch of online freelancing trainees will be offloaded to the job market this week in a move expected to position Kenya as an African freelancing hub.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says ten thousand trainees are being equipped with skills to help them compete on the online job market.
For three years Marah Koeberle has been doing online freelancing for travel companies in a bid to complement her income.
On a good day, Koeberle makes between 2 to 5000 shillings writing for different companies in Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom and many other countries.
Koeberle says online freelancing is not for the faint hearted since the job is deadline sensitive, with those who fail to meet the deadline losing their pay.
However, Koeberle says for those who are aggressive and quick on the job, the capacity to make more money is high.
Monday, the government rolled out ajira digital program training targeting 10 thousand youth being facilitated by the government and the private sector.
The ICT ministry is working on a certification process for online companies offering freelancing jobs to Kenyans while the Kenya Private Sector Alliance plans to launch a portal for Kenyans to access online jobs.
The ten thousand trainees are expected to solidify Kenya’s position as the premier freelancing hub in Africa.
However, for the German born Koeberle in this industry patience and discipline are key ingredients to remain relevant.