ICT Cabinet Secretary Joseph Mucheru is urging the youth to seek jobs online saying at least 40,000 youth are working online in Kenya.
The CS said the government is working with members of parliament around the country inorder to increase internet connections through wifi hotspots in all constituencies, he was speaking at Dedan Kimathi University in Nyeri adding that the government has received a Sh100 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to support its Ajira Digital program that seeks to introduce young people to online jobs.
The minister said the donation will help in training the youth and apprentices on how to seek and get online jobs at a time when many are losing jobs from big companies and the country has a huge number of unemployed youth.
Mr Mucheru said they would be starting in June where they would train 10, 000 youths all over the country for five days to equip them with requisite skills on how to earn a decent living from online work.
He was however challenged over the high costs of internet, but the the CS said Kenya has the lowest internet costs than South Africa adding that the curriculum for the training was in place to ensure impartation of relevant skills.
“We are keen on supporting young Kenyans across the country secure jobs online,” noted the CS, adding that online platforms were increasingly becoming the de facto model of doing things.
Mobile network companies
He reported that there were about 40, 000 Kenyans doing online jobs saying the number was expected to rise as more people were trained on how to secure these jobs.
The CS at the same time urged mobile network companies to roll out 3G and 4G networks across the country to ensure the success of the Ajira project.
Mucheru said they are also seeking partnerships with government organs, including the Judiciary in order to create jobs such as translation and transcription other than merely connecting job seekers to other platforms.
In order to increase connectivity countrywide, the CS reported that they were working with MPs in a bid to put up Wi Fi connections in all the constituencies.