The Kenyan government is gearing up for a comprehensive global market strategy to actively address the escalating issue of unemployment in the country. This initiative primarily aims to facilitate international labor migration, with the goal of alleviating burgeoning pressure on local employment opportunities.
Representing the Ministry of Gender, Jacob Mathenge Gatimu underscored a critical concern: escalating youth unemployment. The ramifications of this issue transcend mere financial insecurity; they include challenges such as housing instability and mental distress. In response to these pressing issues, the government takes proactive steps by investing in diverse programs, funds, and training initiatives, notably among them. The goal is to arm the youth with practical skills, not only promoting self-employment but also enriching their global employability.
At the 9th graduation ceremony of Tricent College of Medical and Technology, Mathenge underscored the government’s commitment to fostering bilateral labor agreements with various nations. Such pacts aim at facilitating Kenyan citizens’ employment overseas. Furthermore, proactive steps are implemented to safeguard Kenyan workers from possible harassment and oppression in foreign lands.
The Director of Tricent College, Denis Oketch, emphasizes that technical courses offer not just viable employment opportunities; they are paramount. Contrasting with conventional academic pathways, these often-perceived alternatives equip students with marketable skills that enable them to flourish in the job market. Emphasizing further, graduates possessing trade test certificates from such technically-focused programs enjoy a superior competitive edge—both on local and international scales—effectively bridging skill deficiencies within our current labor landscape. Denis Oketch, the Director of Tricent College, stresses that technical courses hold immense importance; they don’t merely provide alternative paths to education but rather equip students with essential skills for thriving in the job market. Unlike traditional academic routes—often seen as counterparts—these vocational options empower graduates by positioning them competitively both locally and globally through their trade test certificates. This approach effectively addresses not only local skill gaps but also contributes significantly towards filling worldwide employment shortfalls—a testament to their notable impact on today’s dynamic work environment!
Hezekiah Kariuki, a graduate from Tricent College, urged his peers to identify societal challenges and proactively offer solutions while expressing optimism about their preparedness for the competitive job market. He particularly encouraged fellow Kenyans to pursue further education; this would not only enhance critical thinking but also equip them with effective enterprise management skills.
Over two million individuals face joblessness as the unemployment rate, especially among the youth, critically rises. Elevated inflation and reduced activity in our dominant agricultural sector further intensify this pressing issue. Aiming to address these challenges proactively, the government strategizes for a stronger global market presence that will create more international opportunities for Kenyan citizens at large.