Youths in “mjengo” to benefit from KCB/German sponsored skills training

Youths at a a past function. PHOTO: file

3500 Kenyan youth in the construction sector will receive trainings to  increase their employability and income generation.

KCB Foundation and the German Development Cooperation have set aside ksh. 300 million to provide technical and vocational skills training for the next three years.

The funds will also support the provision of construction toolkits to 700 youth, to enable them to establish business enterprises in the construction sector.

The partnership has been extended under the Employment and Skills for Development in Africa (E4D) programme commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ, and KCB Foundation’s 2jiajiri Programme.

KCB Group CEO Joshua Oigara  noted that the partnership is aligned with KCB’s shared value approach that champions businesses to solve societal challenges, anchoring the foundation programmes.

“We are looking at sustainable solutions to remedy the situation, as such this project will upskill the youth in the construction sector, which has demonstrated significant job creation potential based on industry trends”. added Mr. Oigara.

The programme will target a total of 60% male and 40% female, with a bias towards unskilled individuals previously working in the construction sector. The youth will be trained in masonry & brickwork, carpentry & joinery, plumbing & pipe work, electrical installation and welding & metalwork.