22-09-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo
The Government of Kenya launches on digital to solve the problem of youth unemployment in the country. The Minister of Technology with responsibility for Youth, Joe Mucheru, presented a program that will involve educational institutions and local businesses to help bridge the unemployment gap through a digital program.
With this project, developed by the Ajira Digital platform, the Government hopes to find work for one million young people who are currently unemployed or about to enter the world of work, after the previous school year's tribulation and almost totally cancelled.
The Ajira Digital platform aims to find work with a decent salary every year for at least half of those who apply online and to simplify the processes of internship and hiring.
Mucheru said that the Ajira program has so far found work for 49% of the trainees who have applied for the platform and aims to reach 67%.
The Minister also pointed the finger at the Covid-19 pandemic, which has increased youth unemployment in the country, with serious repercussions on the economy and society.
"The Coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on a situation that was already serious - said Mucheru - we have about one million graduates who would like to enter the labor market every year, yet our economy is not able to create enough jobs to accommodate them".
On the other hand, agencies looking for jobs for applicants, especially online, are born like mushrooms: the most important are Brighter Monday, Onyesha, Kazi Remote, TrueLink and iBuild.
Muchiru has publicly praised them for their work.
The Ajira Digital platform is currently working with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the eMobilis Institute of Technology Training, with the support of the "MasterCard Foundation's Young Africa Works" to help young people find jobs.
KEPSA has helped create jobs in both the public and private sectors, while eMobilis manages the human resources needed to run its centers.
Currently, Ajira has 300 Youth Empowerment Centers where Kenyans can access the Internet, computers, training and mentoring. About 100 young people have been hired to run Ajira Youth Empowerment Centres with 50 trainees brought in to support the implementation of the program. Kenya is a country of young people according to the 2019 population and census results, which show that 75% of the 47.6 million inhabitants are under 35 years old.
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