Unemployed graduates will now get up to one year internships with the Government from next year.
Public Service Commission PSC chairperson Margaret Kobia said the plan will help unemployed graduates to prepare themselves for job market.
A new internship policy released by the PSC on Thursday seeks to bridge the skill gap of university graduates whose job suitability have been in question by various players in the job market.
‘’This will be an opportunity for successful candidates to gain work experience that will boost their competitiveness’’ Said Margaret Kobia
‘’High rate of youth unemployment is significantly due to lack of work experience’’ She alluded
Latest survey by the human resources consultancy firm Corporate Staffing Services (CSS) indicates that almost three quarters of the respondents receive a large number of job applications, yet finding a batter candidate with a positive attitude for work is becoming difficult.
‘’University graduates should put much of their focus on gaining work experience and job knowledge’’ Said CSS Chief Executive Officer Perminus Wainaina
The programme is different from the current practice where internships from various government ministries and departments are offered to students for whom it is a prerequisite to completion of their studies.
According to Prof. Kobia, all internships will be publicized on PSC website and other platform.
It will be opened to all unemployed Kenyan graduates who have not had any work experience relating to their field as well as degree or diploma holders who need internship as a requirement to be registered with their professional organizations.