Busia unskilled youths will benefit from the on-the-job training, thanks to the partnership between the County Government and the World Vision Kenya.
The program is funded through the Department for International Development (DfID) under the program “deepening democracy”; it’s implemented within 14 member counties of the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) to promote the issue of youths within the region.
The World Vision officer in charge of the LREB Peter Oduk said the county technical working group will focus on delivering policy to guide how the youth can get internship in private and public sector in a more manner which is more coordinated and guided and having budget for that to be done.
“Youths have been faced with unemployment challenges with most skilled and trained seeking jobs but don’t get them; there is mismatch in terms of skills viz-a-viz what the market requires.
Current innovations train the youths for only white collar jobs yet blue collar and jua kali opportunities are there in plenty; youth are active in political spheres where they are used in ways not benefitting them when it comes to political season but only engage them in violent activities,” he said.
Mr Oduk said that the LREB project focuses on enabling us to access gainful employment and market opportunities while enhancing capacities of the processes, adding that the project will also support counties to implement youth oriented employment and livelihood initiatives.
Chief Officer for Youth and Sports Joy Wanga said the County Government has the interest of the youths at heart; through the project we shall ensure that all youth who dropped out of school at primary and secondary levels are seconded to private or public sectors to acquire on the job experience.
“After acquiring the necessary experience they will be availed with starting capital to venture into areas they have comparative advantage like masonry, carpentry, mechanic, hairdressing among others,” she said, adding that their first terms of reference is to develop costed integrated youth action plan.
County Assembly Culture and Sports committee chairman Patrick Obuya said apprentice and internship policies are crucial in youth empowerment.
“Our other major task will be to identify youths gaps especially in budget making process and advocacy body to ensure issues on youths are factored in the budget,” he said.
Caucus Kenya Youth Members of the County Assembly (KYMCA) Busia Chapter chairperson Nancy Okademi said the eight youth MCAs in the second assembly will push for the formulation of the youth policies.
She said the internship program over specified period of time will give unskilled youth and dropouts job experience that will put them at par with other skilled youth.