ILO Targeting the Unemployed Youth in Kitui
Kitui Governor’s Press
By Barrack Muli,
The International Labour Organization will pilot interventions targeting the unemployed youth in Kitui, Kilifi and Busia counties.
Economic, social and labor market indicators pointed out Kitui as one of the counties where youth were more at the risk of marginalization. As such, the county was selected for the implementation of the project that seeks to increase decent job opportunities and employability of young people, thereby addressing unemployment, vulnerability and poverty in the county.
The initiative in the long run will see the existing public and private programs provide marginalized youth with prerequisite skills to ensure workplace-based training programs is improved.
The project strategy is to build the capacity of government, employers’ and workers’ organizations and civil society to establish and expand work place based training programs with a focus on vulnerable and marginalized youth in the county.
Through a project dubbed BUSY (Better Utilization of Skills for Youth), ILO focusses on adolescents at or above the legal working age who are engaged in or at the risk of engaging in child labor.
Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau, briefing the meeting held today at his office said the ILO’s partnership with the County Government will significantly empower Kitui youths and reaffirmed the government’s committed to the resolve.
The BUSY Chief Technical Advisor in Kenya Hari Pada Das said the organization partners with COTU, NITA, the State Department of Labour, Youth and TVET among others to lay plans that will improve the apprenticeships in Kenya.
He lauded the County Government for the constant teamwork with the organization that will carry out the project till 2020.
The County Ministry of Youth has positive indication on our cause, we are pleased by this”. Said Hari Pada Das – the BUSY Chief Technical Advisor in Kenya.
Also present in the meeting were County CEC for Education and Youth Development David Kivoto, ILO training specialist Ndung’u Ndegwa and the US Department of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs officer Jon Underhal-Peirce