KEPSA Gender and Youth sector board Chair, Ms. Eva Muraya, on Thursday, 17th May 2018 participated in a stakeholder’s workshop on Youth Employment Status in Kenya organized by Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA).
The main aim of the workshop was to bring together different stakeholders to discuss issues surrounding youth employment status in Kenya and offer recommendations for youth unemployment in the country.
Speaking during the event, the Director of Economic Planning, Ms. Katherine Muoki, outlined the various government initiatives geared towards building youth capacity and creating employment. However, she noted of the limited opportunities within the government.
Ms. Muraya spoke on the role of private sector in creating job employment opportunities in Kenya. She highlighted KEPSA’s engagement with government and other stakeholders on initiatives towards boosting youth employment, which include: championship for an enabling business environment in order to attract both local and foreign investors and boosting self-employment; intensified push for policy reforms and business regulatory reforms; supporting youth enterprises development through the Gender and Youth Sector Board; championing for improved access to government procurement by youth; and review of National Youth policy for ensuring that youth issues are adequately entrenched in government initiatives among others.
She went on to speak on the impact of the Kenya Youth Empowerment project (KYEP), that had 80% success rate after training over 20,000 youth and placing 13,000 in internship with the private sector and also highlighted the Ajira Digital Project that aims at empowering 1 million youth in Kenya by training them on digital skills to take up online jobs.
Among the recommendations that she noted were: increase youth involvement in decision making at national, county and corporate level; facilitating development of demand based skills to enhance youth employability; increase investment into TVETs for technical skills development; develop a legal framework to support internships; Create an enabling business environment to enhance growth of the private sector for increased job creation and spark growth of youth enterprises and embracing Youth enterprise development initiatives.
KEPSA remains a champion for pro-youth enterprise growth policies and strategies aimed at fostering economic empowerment.’