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.
Speaking at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) where the graduation took place, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said “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,” .
“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.”
Generation Kenya CEO Ramakrishnan Hariharan explained that Generation Kenya is a global non-profit that helps the youth achieve a meaningful career and sustained well-being.
The program is active in 13 countries, with plans to expand to additional countries in 2020.
Generation Kenya has trained over 18,000 candidates, with 83% of them being placed in meaningful employment.
This is done through a network of over 200 employer partners across Kenya, through the funding support of USAID, McKinsey & Company, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), IKEA Foundation, Safaricom Foundation and the partnership of over 30 TVET institutions.