Over 1700 youths from Bunyala Sub-county in Busia County are to get equipped with building and construction skills. It follows a Ksh.300 million program rollout by the KCB Foundation and the Germany Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
The beneficiaries will undertake a three to six-month training at Bunyala Technical Training and Vocational Institute through KCB Foundation’s 2jiajiri programme.
The programme was launched in 2016 and targets youth and small businesses.
Nonetheless, it seeks to formalize the informal sector and create skills for self-employment.
Speaking during the unveiling of the first batch of 100 beneficiaries KCB Foundation Chief of Party Caroline Kihara said the program aims to equip the youth with skills that can transform their lives and families.
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.
Further, the funds will be spent on seed capital, tool kits, and training.
At least 700 of the beneficiaries are to receive toolkits at the end of the training.
Moreover, 400 others will receive seed capital to initiate their businesses to create self-employment opportunities and employ other jobless youths.
Additionally, Kihara urged the beneficiaries to seize the opportunity as it is aimed at combating unemployment.
On his part, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong appealed to the beneficiaries to make use of the program rather than wait for white-collar jobs that are not forthcoming.
He added that the program will benefit the youth and the Busia community at large.
Under the 2jiajiri program, you will also be getting some allowance as you train, among many other good things.Ojaamong said.
Bunyala TTI principal Emmanuel Wamalwa appealed to parents to shift focus from university education to technical and vocational institutions that offer practical skills.
The program focuses on supporting young entrepreneurs by enabling them to gain access to finance, become self-employed.
As well as create employment for other young people countrywide.