KENYA YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND SKILLS PROGRAM
The Kenya Youth Employment and Skills Program (K-YES) is a five-year program (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2020) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by RTI International and a consortium of partners who include Land O’ Lakes, International Rescue Committee (IRC) McKinsey & Company and SSG advisers.
K-YES aims to enhance employment opportunities and the overall labor supply through both wage employment and self-employment, for unemployed and underemployed youth (aged 18–35) who have not completed secondary education in Kenya. Specifically, the program focuses on nine counties, Kwale being one of the counties supported by this program. K-YES activities are expected to result in increased youth employment and enterprise development competitiveness.
K-YES Key areas of interventions include:
- Enterprise development
- Access to finance
- Partnerships and linkages
- Employment opportunities
In order to enhance value addition between UIG Score Program and KYES, the following interventions were agreed upon:-
- Establishment of a database of potential youth applicants from VE hotspots for KYES programs through the UIG Tujengane Tuinuane web portal and app.
- Establishment of a database of KYES youth program graduates and link the same with the UIG portal and app mentoring platform for career and business development.
- Advertising the businesses of the KYES program graduates on the UIG portal and app ad site.
- Capturing KYES development and capacity building programs for polytechnics in the forum discussion on youth polytechnics, economic empowerment and CVE.
- Including KYES soft skills training program in the UIG Tujengane Tuinuane Online Youth Training Resource.
- UIG to be an active member of the employer’s compact forum and to play a major role in the launch of the employers compact and youth trade exhibition.
KYES will be supporting vocational training of 360 kwale youths (18-35) of below form four level. The training will be undertaken in Manda, Mazeras and Matuga youth polytechnics.