Several million young adults in Kenya without employment will now have access to vacancies promoted online through a new government-run platform.
Through the Ajira Digital programme, a brainchild of the ICT Ministry, the Government hopes to connect one million youths to job opportunities.
First introduced in 2016, Ajira was aimed at creating one million jobs for the youth by the end of last year but the platform’s official launch was delayed to this year.
Despite much publicity and strategic partnerships sought with the private sector, registration of prospective job-seekers on the platform and its uptake among employers remains low.
But speaking at the weekend at the unveiling of the Ajira Digital Hub at California Estate in Nairobi’s Kamkunji Constituency, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said the initiative would accelerate the Government’s job creation agenda.
“This is a national government project where we hope many more trained youths will use the platform to make income and reduce unemployment in the country,” said Mucheru.
He said the ministry is currently training more than 600 youths who will be deployed to the various constituencies once more Ajira Digital Hubs are set up to help the youths tap into online job opportunities.
The CS at the same time challenged the Women Representatives and members of the National Assembly to help the ministry establish the digital hubs in their constituencies.
“The world is now going online. The world’s leading companies - Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft - are technology-based. These are companies making billions through the Internet. Online work is the future,” said Mucheru.
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