BY THE COAST TEAM
The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has called on both the private sector and county governments to fully support graduates from training institutions.
According to the ministry, thousands of young people graduate annually but only a handful find their way to the job market.
Speaking to the media in Mombasa on Friday during the commissioning of Korea International Cooperation Agency project, Cabinet Secretary in charge of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection Ukur Yattani reiterated the government commitment in scaling up technical training institutions throughout the country.
The CS says that is the only way to address the rampant unemployment amongst the youths.
He noted that the ministry is currently conducting a market survey to determine the labor market trend throughout the country.
According to the CS the survey will assist in providing the labor market with the appropriate market data.
“This is a turning point for training institutions in Kenya. The diplomatic ties with South Korea started in the 1960s.This program will facilitate trade development and enhancement of the big four agenda” he explained.
The CS further noted that due to youth bulge throughout the country, young people need to be equipped with the relevant skills.
He called on the youth not only to focus on the local market but also expand their minds to the international market.
The CS said “we are looking at the international market. We want as a country to remain relevant in the world arena”
The Principal Secretary state department of Labour Engineer Peter Tum said the government is organizing skill based programs to ensure that young people acquire relevant training skills.
The PS says for a long time National industrial training Authority central department has been addressing youth unemployment by providing them with the relevant skills that suits the job market.
“The government is organizing training programs to address some of the gaps. NITA has always been at the forefront in voicing youth unemployment” he noted.
The government of Kenya and the republic of South Korea entered into a framework arrangement on Grant Aid on July 8 2014.
The objective of the project is to contribute to economic development of Kenya through the renovation of NITA Mombasa and the enhancement of training capacity and management skills.
Korea international Cooperation Agency injected into the project a total of USD 3.5 million.