The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology is seeking to recruit thousands of youths for ICT jobs.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said his ministry is set to conduct training for the work in various institutions across the country and is calling on the youths to sign up.
Mr. Mucheru made the announcement in a press statement saying the ICT ministry will roll out introductory training for the new online workers that will see 10,000 youths acquire skills to earn a living through the internet.
He urged eligible young people to log onto www.ajiradigital.go.ke and sign up for the available 10,000 slots. He added that the training is part of the government’s broader strategy to address youth unemployment.
“The one-week residential training will be provided free of charge at various centers in Nairobi, Nakuru, Meru, Kisumu and Mombasa in June following a partnership agreement between the Ministry of ICT, Kenya Private Sector Alliance and Rockefeller Foundation who provided a USD 1 million financing support,” said Mr. Mucheru.
Statistics say that more than 40,000 Kenyans already work and earn a living through various online platforms.
The low awareness levels and lack of skills to navigate the online workspace has, however, contributed to the low uptake of online work by Kenyans despite its increased potential to address youth unemployment.
“This training is intended to bridge the skills gap and increase the confidence and employability of new workers as they navigate the online workspace,” Mr. Mucheru said.
The CS disclosed plans by his ministry to engage other government agencies and the private sector with a view to offloading some of their work onto local digital platforms that can be accessed and completed by Kenyan online workers.
He expressed optimism that the 10,000 youth that will be trained will help to mentor and encourage others to take up online work as a career.
The CS urged the private sector and other international organizations to come forward to support the ICT jobs training, adding that Kenya has the potential to become the freelancing hub of the world.