The Kenyan government has set aside 30 billion shillings($292million) for vocational training and skills development aimed at empowering Kenyan youth with relevant skills to enable them engage in entrepreneurial activities.Speaking in Nairobi on Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that for the country to achieve its development objectives there is need for a critical pool of human resources with appropriate technical skills.
“It is in this context that my government is laying heavy emphasis on vocational training. We have set aside Shs 30 billion for this purpose in the next three years under the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs), NYS, and Polytechnics,” said President Kenyatta.
Kenyatta said he is committed to run a government that creates a business environment where all Kenyans have equal opportunity to participate in nation building without any hindrance.
He said the government has fashioned a number of programmes intended to empower the youth, women and persons with disabilities to enable them engage in business and other gainful activities.
“These programmes include reservation of thirty per cent of all government procurement opportunities for women, youth and persons with disabilities, devolution of some services and functions to counties, and increased resource allocation to the devolved units,” said Kenyatta.
He said through these initiatives, the number of persons engaged in productive economic activities rose by 5.6 percent from 16 million in 2016 to 16.9 million in 2017.
He pointed out that the new jobs, a majority emanating from the self-employment, are attributable to start-ups by women and the youth who are able to accessing low cost credit from Government programmes such as the Uwezo fund and other initiatives.
Kenyatta said the government is collaborating with the private sector under the ‘Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project’ to provide internships to support youth to acquire the prerequisite experience that employers and businesses require.