Ladies record low turnout in NYS recruitment

The National Youth Service (NYS) today conducted a recruitment exercise in Nandi Hills Sub County to enlist youths to join the service which offers government-sponsored paramilitary and vocational training.

Youths drawn from Ol’lessos, Nandi Hills and Chepkunyuk wards showed up in the early morning for the exercise that took place at Samoei Boys Secondary school grounds, however, Kapchorua ward recorded zero turnout.

The nation-wide exercise scheduled from August 29 to September 3, saw ladies record a low turnout in Nandi Hills as only 10 ladies out of the 70 prospective youths showed up to try their luck in this year’s recruitment.

Additionally, all ladies who volunteered for the exercise came only from Ol’lessos ward with other wards recording zero participation.

According to the Chief Recruitment Officer, Inspector Ruth Lumumba the body seeks to recruit 17 male and seven female volunteers who meet the required qualifications.

Speaking during the exercise the Chief Inspector said for the prospective youths to be recruited, they had to be aged between 18-24 years, be Kenyan citizens and residents of the respective sub County, have a minimum grade of D plain in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), be physically fit as well as medically fit and have a valid certificate of good conduct.

She urged successful recruits to be determined and take advantage of the government services to benefit from the free trainings offered by the government.

“This is a government opportunity that the youth ought to utilize. We recruit youth volunteers to be trained freely by government on paramilitary and vocational training. Your role is to meet the required qualifications,” pointed Lumumba.

Deputy Chief recruiting officer Inspector Joseph Mambo who took the probable youths through a rigorous exercise to determine their physical fitness, on his part said the NYS trainings transform and empower youths to be self-reliant, gain technical skills as well as sets a platform to join national security organs.

“NYS is a stepping stone for potential youths to achieve technical skills free of charge. This is an opportunity for transformation and empowerment for the youth,” he said.

Mercy Jepchirchir, one of the youths from Ol’lessos ward applauded the government for the initiative adding that with NYS, youths from humble backgrounds stand a chance to better their lives through the trainings that they get.

“I have been longing to join NYS. I’m glad that the opportunity presented itself and I seized it. I’m looking forward to achieving more as I strive to attain my goals,” Jepchirchir noted.

Successful candidates are expected to report for the NYS basic paramilitary training course at NYS College Gilgil and NYS Technical Training Institute Naivasha on dates and times specified in respective call up notices to be issued.



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