State tar­gets one mil­lion youths in on­line job drive

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

WEITERE MWITA/ A new dig­i­tal pro­gramme was yes­ter­day launched to en­able more than one mil­lion youth ac­cess on­line jobs over the next one year. Ajira Dig­i­tal Pro­gramme, which was rolled out by the ICT min­istry, in­tends to in­tro­duce Kenyans to on­line work, and pro­vide the tools, train­ing and men­tor­ship needed to work and earn an in­come.

ICT CS Joe Mucheru (pic­tured) said the project will ful­fill Ju­bilee’s elec­toral pledge to cre­ate jobs, and is in re­sponse to grow­ing mar­ket for on­line work glob­ally. “Our tar­get of over one mil­lion reg­is­tered on­line work­ers will make Kenya the num­ber one global sup­plier of on­line work­ers, and with that, a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic devel­op­ment and re­duc­tion of un­em­ploy­ment,” Mucheru said dur­ing the launch at KCB’s Karen lead­er­ship cen­tre. More than 40,000 Kenyans have on­line jobs, rank­ing Kenya as the 10th big­gest global sup­plier of on­line work­ers, and the first in Africa.

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