Kirinyaga Central Constituency Youth Empowerment Center under Ajira Digital platform to be fully operational from this month.
The ICT Manager, Eric Mwangi, said the technology centers that was started in March this year recruited 21 trainees who will head different sections within the facility.
“We received 100 applicants but we only took 21 after a test. This is initial piloting before we fully operationalized,” he said.
The hub will provide the youth with a platform to source online jobs to enable they earn a living.
The manager said they currently host over 100 youths from different wards that are training and later undergo a one-month mentorship program.
“This hub has a capacity of 100 but as of now we have over 100 students training and doing online work,” he added.
The hub is fully equipped with computers and free internet access. Students also are provided with laptops within the facility.
He added that their aim is to stimulate innovation, encourage youth to come up with new ideas and ways of utilizing technology to get jobs.
With help from the area MP, Munene Wambugu, Mr Mwangi said they are expanding the project to all four wards within Kirinyaga central to ensure all youths access the services.
“The challenge is youths are not informed about the existence of good online jobs. We have been asking those who have trained with us to tell their brothers and sisters outside there,” he noted.
Trainers are taken through the process to differentiate between legit and scam online sites.
By Mutai Kipngetich