Over 5,000 youth graduated from the Generation Kenya program on Friday after four to eight weeks of training.
They were trained in sectors of garment, finance, retail and restaurant, food and beverage, and consumer goods with their skills expected to spur Kenya’s development and contribute to the Big Four Agenda as well as Vision 2030.
“It is encouraging to hear that Generation Kenya has been able to graduate over 18,000 youth, with 83% having been placed in meaningful jobs within 90 days of training completion,” ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said.
He added: “The challenge of youth unemployment is not just a Kenyan problem, but a global challenge. As the government, we are very aware of the youth employment challenge and are always striving to do our part in solving for this menace through job creation, increasing expenditure towards development projects and developing policies that favor local industries, among other initiatives.”
The Cabinet Secretary had presided over the graduation together with Generation Kenya CEO Ramakrishnan Hariharan at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi.
According to Mr. Hariharan, Generation Kenya is a global non-profit that helps the youth achieve a meaningful career and sustained well-being.