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Be job creators, PS urges youths

Principal Secretary for Post Training and Skills Development in the Ministry of Education (PTSD), Mr. Alfred Cheruiyot, has urged youths in the country to endeavor to be job creators rather than going out to search for the scarce and elusive white collar jobs.

Cheruiyot said the government through the Ministry of Education was training 50 youths, to equip them with the required skills for gainful self-employment.

Mr. Cheruiyot said the youths who are drawn from all the 47 counties in the country, will go back to their respective counties as trainers and train fellow youths on how to tap their talents and make a living out of them.

He was speaking in Naivasha, Wednesday, when he officially opened a training workshop for the 50 youths drawn from all the counties, who are then expected to be champions and trainers in their respective counties.

The program is aimed at helping the youth identify existing opportunities in different field, linking the youths with financing institutions that will see them get funds to jump-start their business ventures and mentors among other benefits.

Cheruiyot said the government was also in the process of looking for partners to support the continuity of the program.

He said the government will also help the youth patent their innovative ideas, to avoid copyright infringement of their intellectual property.

The youths in the current program, he disclosed, were drawn from previous “Kazi Mtaani” cohorts, adding that the government will expand the scope in the next Financial Year to accommodate more young people, including special interests groups such as those living with different types of disabilities.

By Mabel Keya –Shikuku

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