The government now says basic Arabic, Saudi culture and laws will now be part of a reviewed pre-departure training curriculum for Kenya migrant workers destined for gulf countries.
The move, announced by Principal Secretary, State Department of labor and skills development, Geoffrey Kaituko follows concerns raised by their Gulf counterparts that most Kenyan Migrant workers lack basic knowledge of their employment contract, the culture, laws and Arabic language.
Speaking during a meeting with Private Employment Agencies and Home care Training Institutions, PS Kaituko said the enhanced curriculum will help equip migrant workers with knowledge, information, and skills which will enable them to settle down at destination countries.
He also said the Ministry of Labor is keen on undertaking capacity building for the Kenya recruitment agencies, so as to ensure that Kenyan migrant workers are competitive in the international labor market.
During the meeting issues on reviewing the current process of skilled laborers migration, pre-departure training of migrant workers and how best to streamline the process were also discussed.
The discussions were between private recruitment agencies , National Industrial Training Authority (NITA), Kenya National Employment Authority.
Also present were departure training providers, representative of the Kenyan Association of Private Employment Agencies (KAPEA), representative of the Association of Skilled Migrant Agencies of Kenya (ASMAK) and the Vetting Committee for Private Recruitment Agencies.