A total of 56 youth from vulnerable backgrounds in Laikipia County have been enrolled for technical courses aimed at equipping them with skills to enhance their employability.
The programme dubbed Fanakisha Ndoto is supported by National Government Affirmative Fund and will see the beneficiaries acquire certificate courses at Kenya Industrial Training Institute (KITI) in Nakuru.
Speaking during the flagging off of the programme in Nanyuki, Laikipia county Women Representative Catherine Waruguru said majority of the youths were drawn from slums areas of Majengo, Likii and other places in Laikipia.
“Youth need to be skilful in order to fit the ever-dynamic job market and in partnership with vocational training over 500 vulnerable youth have benefited with the program,” said Ms Waruguru, revealing that the youth were part of 556 who had benefited since the programme started five years ago.
At KITI, they are going to do plumbing, electrical, masonry, tailoring and hairdressing courses.
Deputy Director of Academic at KITI Ms Alice Biketi urged youth to be determined in excelling in their various fields once they joined the institution.
“The skills will help you in creating opportunities in the current job market and after the training, we also expect you to pass skills to others,” said Ms Biketi.