KCB Foundation and the Germany Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) have rolled out a Sh300million program targeting to equip 1750 youth from Bunyala Sub County with building and construction skills.
The partnership through KCB Foundation’s 2jiajiri programme will see the beneficiaries undertake a three to six-month training at Bunyala Technical Training and Vocational Institute.
Speaking on Friday during the unveiling of the first batch of 100 beneficiaries KCB Foundation Chief of Party Caroline Kihara said the program is tailored specifically for the youth with the aim of enabling them acquire skills, be self-reliant and transform their lives and those of their families.
“Under the program they will also acquire knowledge on how they can undertake their own businesses and promote themselves. It also has a tool kit element where the beneficiaries are given the necessary equipment they require to undertake the kind of jobs they have trained
in,” Kihara explained.
Kihara noted that the Sh300 million will be spent on training, seed capital and on tool kits.
“At the end of the training, 700 beneficiaries will receive toolkits while 400 will receive seed capital to initiate their own businesses. With this we expect the youths to be able to create self-employment opportunities and employ other jobless youths,”she said.
“We have so many unemployed youths and most of them cannot access white collar jobs. My appeal is therefore that they should seize the opportunity wholeheartedly as it is aimed at combating unemployment which is currently a big challenge for the country,” Kihara said.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong who graced the event hailed KCB Foundation and the Germany government for initiating the program which he said will benefit the youth and the Busia community at large.
He appealed to the beneficiaries to make use of the program rather than wait for white collar jobs that are not forthcoming.
“In terms of skills I think they have chosen very good courses for you people. Under the 2jiajiri program you will also be getting some allowance as you train among many other good things. I hope the program will work for the benefit of the people of Busia County,” Ojaamong told the beneficiaries.
The Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi on his part appreciated the opportunity that has been accorded Busia youths noting that the challenge today is getting an opportunity.
“This is hence a major opportunity and I want to thank KCB foundation for not only identifying the youths to be trained in practical skills but also offering to support them with equipment and resources to enable them to be self-reliant,” Mulomi said and added that the TTIs are going to make a difference in the county in terms of empowering the youths with practical skills.
Bunyala TTI principal Emmanuel Wamalwa lauded the two partners for the initiative targeting the youths. He said the programming won’t only be beneficial to individual learners but to the entire Busia community as the institute admits learners from all the seven sub counties.
He appealed to parents to shift focus from university education to technical and vocational institutions which are offering practical skills.
“This is an era of practical skills and not certificates. If a child scores any grade lower than a C(plus) there is no need for a parent struggling to take him or her for a degree course when they can join the TTIs and acquire skills that will benefit them in future, “Wamalwa
The 2jiajiri program launched by Kenya Commercial Bank in 2016 targets youth and small businesses and seeks to formalize the informal sector and create skills for self-employment.
The programme focuses on supporting young entrepreneurs by enabling them to gain access to finance, become self-employed and create employment for other young people countrywide.