Govt moves to formulate policy to export labour

The government has moved in to formulate a Labour Migration Policy in a bid to address the high levels of unemployment that currently stand at 40 percent.

Under the policy, unemployed professionals will be exported to Europe which is a shift from the traditional Middle East for low cadre workers.

The Ministry of Labour has already started engaging several European countries and will see the first batch of Kenyan professionals leave for work when the new policy is finalized.

According to the Labor Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani, the government is committed to reducing unemployment levels, especially among the youth in the country.

Yatani said professionals including teachers and doctors will have an opportunity to serve in European countries noting that the policy will help address some of the challenges they may face while outside the country.

“Under the newly established National Employment Authority (NEA), Kenyans who wish to work in those countries will be documented and followed up and when their skills are needed will be asked to come back and serve the nation”.

He said the Authority had come up with a Labour market information system that will help in documenting the skills Kenyans have before leaving for work outside the country.

“This means that through collaborating with training institutions we will have them in our registers and give them out to other nations on a need basis and this will avoid crowding of one profession in a particular country”. Yatani was speaking to the press during the opening of a retreat for members of the Authority at Simba Lodge in Naivasha.

Yatani the same time said they were working on an internship policy for trainees before they join the job market adding that this will help in detailing to manufactures the skills available.

“In line with the Presidents Big Four agenda and labour as an enabler to manufacturing, we seek to make work easier for employers to find the skills they require without much hustle”.

Speaking during the meeting NEA Board Chairperson Winnie Pertet said they had drafted a strategic plan that will ensure the exact numbers of unemployed Kenyans is documented so as to have figures that government can work with.

Pertet said under the new policy as detailed in the plan, the number of Kenyans working abroad will be streamlined and catered for to avoid scenarios witnessed whereby the Kenyans are employed as the low cadre workers.

The government has moved in to formulate a Labour Migration Policy in a bid to address the high levels of unemployment that currently stand at 40 percent.

Under the policy, unemployed professionals will be exported to Europe which is a shift from the traditional Middle East for low cadre workers.

  

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