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Manufacturers Launch New Platform to Provide 500k Job Opportunities for Youth

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The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) have launched a new online platform aimed at creating more than 500,000 job opportunities for the unemployed youth.

This move aims at reducing unemployment rate among the youth in the country.

 According to the association, youths looking for jobs in the manufacturing sector will be placed in specific jobs of their choice through the platform.

The online platform was launched yesterday by the association in collaboration with other multi-national organizations to provide the opportunities that will be distributed for a period of five years.

The platform will also help in keeping the details of details of potential candidates with their skill to link them up with employers in the sector.

The online platform was developed by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in collaboration with the German Development Co-operation.

The initiative will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and all Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority(TVETA) stakeholders.

Speaking during the program, KAM chairperson Mucai Kinyuha noted there is a great need to create meaningful jobs for youths in the country.

“We have a population bulge, we need to create meaningful and stable jobs, which manufacturing is able to do. If we are going to grow manufacturing, we need to nurture both existing manufacturers and upcoming ones. We need to equip our young people to innovate. Our opportunities and capacities are huge among our youth,” she stated.

According to the 2020 statistics released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KEBS), some 5.3 million youths in Kenya are unemployed, widening the poverty gap in the country.