World Bank to fund youth empowerment programme

Written By: Rose Welimo/KNA

This funding is the first in a series of support the World Bank is providing to Kenya in response to the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19.

The Government has received a World Bank credit of Sh 15 billion to fund the Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities (KYEOP) Project.

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The project, aims at bridging the gap of declining job opportunities in both formal and informal employment sectors.

Speaking in Kisumu, the National Director of Youth Affairs in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Dr. Florence Muinde stated that the five years programme is set to benefit more than 280,000 youth drawn from 17 counties with Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Kwale earmarked to benefit in the first phase.

The Programme, Dr. Muinde said is to be rolled out in January 2018 where successful applicants will be exposed to rigorous training, life skill lessons and internship programmes for six months.

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“It is expected that the call for youth for the first phase of the project will take place from  December 20,2017 to allow for selected youth to begin training in January 2018,”  according to the Director.

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Speaking at a stakeholder’s engagement, Muinde, said that the initiative will equip the youth with skills that are on high demand in the job market adding that the government has plans underway to flag the programme in other devolved units.

Out of the 15 billion shillings earmarked for the project, 7.5 billion has been slated for training and scaling up workplace experience, 4.15 billion for job creation, and 1.35 billion will be channeled for improving and sprucing the job market while the remaining 2 billion shillings will be directed to strengthening youth policy development and project management capacities.

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Kisumu County Director of Youth Affairs Timothy Kajwang stated that with over 150,000 unemployed youth in the devolved unit, the project will play a pivotal role in trimming down the unemployment rates.

Peter Ogenga, the Coordinator of KYEOP at the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) observed that the initiative will also go a long way in safeguarding the youth by providing adequate information about the labour markets even in the Diaspora.

Applicants who will transit through the initiative will be given 40,000 shillings at the end of their training to invest in businesses besides receiving a monthly stipend of 6,000 shillings during the 6 months training phase.

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This initiative comes after Kenya Youth Employment Programme which was launched in 2010 and ended in 2016 which saw 25,000 youth benefit from training, 12,383 complete internship phases.

The 2010 to 2016 programme also saw 75 per cent of the applicants secure jobs in 6 months after training while 80 per cent and 50 per cent of male and female applicants respectively secure jobs 14 months after their internship programmes.

The application forms to KYEOP can be downloaded from KYEOP official website or from the youth offices.

The forms should then be dully filled and submitted to Youth Offices before January 10, 2018.




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