Nyeri County has employed 200 youth under one-year contracts where each will be paid a monthly stipend of Sh. 10,000 in the spirit of youth empowerment and employment creation.
The government through the program dubbed ‘County Internship Program,’ also intends to equip the fresh graduates with skills and experience necessary to take up the competitive labor market.
Nyeri Governor, Mutahi Kahiga said his overarching expectation was that the graduates would acquire relevant technical skills and experience in their fields of specialization and core competencies required at any work environment.
Speaking during the launch of the program at his offices on Friday, Kahiga said the program also seeks to bridge the prevailing unemployment gap in the county as well as filling human resource capacity gaps that exists in various departments.
“Owing to resources limitations and the huge wage bill that the county government inherited, we are constrained in engaging new full time personnel,” Kahiga noted.
The Governor continued to say that the mentorship program would also help solidify partnerships between training institutions and the government with particular attention of bridging knowing-doing gap.
“The program is one of my government’s initiatives in supporting empowerment of youths who are energetic and very resourceful in delivery of economic growth as well as efficient service delivery to residents,” he said.
Kahiga claimed that they have laid all the necessary mechanisms to ensure regular feedback was obtained with a view of ensuring it achieves the intended goal.
He said its sustainability would be hinged upon the value that citizens’ draw from it as he cautioned the interns that it would be a rigorous and demanding program that called for their full attention in broadening their horizons.
Two months ago, the government employed over 600 caregivers into Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) program much to the relive of parents of young children.
The Governor said the move was aimed at reducing the burden of school fees for the young ones as well as strengthening ECDE program that played a pivotal role in providing a firm education foundation to the children.