Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP) is a programme which was initiated in June 2010 with credit from the World Bank to support the Government of Kenya’s efforts to improve youth employability.

Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has been mandated by the Government of Kenya to implement the Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP), Training and Internship component which aims at providing the selected youth with relevant work experience and skills through training and work placements in the formal and informal sectors.

The KYEP responds to demand and supply issues facing youth employment. On the demand side, it mobilizes private sector employers and creates internships in the formal and informal sectors.

The pilot program is offered in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu and provides two months of training and four months of work experience per cycle. It targets vulnerable youth who are defined as 15 to 29 years of age with at least eight years of schooling and who are not in school or working at the time of entry into the program.

Kenya Youth Empowerment Project Progress to Date

Since the project inception, a number of improvement as well as innovations have been made in the project. Specifically, the training curriculum has over the cycles been enhanced to improve the chances of the youth participating in the programme in securing employment. In particular, Interview skills clinics for the formal group was introduced, Market place during Life skills training and Mentorship Sessions throughout the Trainings, all this has been an innovation in order to improve employability skills among the interns participating in the program.

Table 1: Cycle 5 Training & Internship Programme Participation

TRAINING

DURATION

NAIROBI

MOMBASA

KISUMU

TOTALS

Life Skills Training 2 weeks 2604(1268F) 1377(697F) 954(486F) 4935
Core Business Skills Training 3-5 weeks 2287(1123F) 1198(601F) 887(450F) 4372
Entrepreneurship Skills Training 2 weeks 1641(815F) 1029(507F) 664(323F) 3334
Advance Life Skills Training 5 days 1974(993F) 1083(538F 817(414F) 3874
Internship (Workplace) 4 months 1448(769F) 955(482F) 769(394F) 3172

In cycle 6, a total of 25,490 applications were received, out of which 15,977 were eligible and 8,400 (50% female) youth randomly selected to participate in the project. Therefater, a total of 6515(48%F) cycle 6 interns successfully completed Life Skills Training. Table 2 below provides the summary of the Trainings undertaken have benefitted from. Cycle 6 beneficiaries started their Work Place Experience on 13th April 2015 scheduled to run for a period of 4 months.


Table 2: Cycle 6 Training Participation

TRAINING

DURATION

NAIROBI

MOMBASA

KISUMU

TOTALS

Life Skills Training 2 weeks 2924(1346F) 1677(754F) 1930(1082F) 6531
Core Business Skills Training 3-5 weeks 2447(1129F) 1375(642F) 1664(910F) 5486
Entrepreneurship Skills Training 2 weeks 1226(558F) 1027(464F) 1396(772F) 3649