In-house training for dropouts

We target dropouts, vulnerable groups, failed students and underage workers.

For students who have had to drop out of school, and who for some reason, can no longer fit in the classroom, we enable in-house training and support projects intended to empower them economically.

Every year, thousands of academically potential students drop out of school in Kenya. Among the factors prominently causing students to drop out of school include: low interest and disciplinary problems, poverty, transport difficulties in remote rural areas, migration due to economic factors, the need to take care of siblings, employment, early marriage and lack of family support.

Apart from dropouts, we have vulnerable groups such as girls prevented from accessing formal education by cultural or traditional barriers, students who do not perform well in school and young workers under the age of 18 years.

As dropouts lack the formal education or skills required to access salaried employment, they are more likely to be unemployed and living in poverty. This initiative provides an alternative pathway to mainstream education, thus providing them with skills that are beneficial to their individual development that allows them to reach their full potential and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

The youth are standing in front of a home made oven in Asembo Lwak. The bakery business has employed a significant number.

Mr. Ojey, a confectioner, supervised the construction of this homemade oven and trained the youth on it’s use.

The focus of training is to increase literacy levels and provide members with skills on sustainable income generation.

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The initiative builds a pool of talent that is ready with the required skills to either become meaningful employees or engage in sustainable small scale industrial productions. Creation of a pool of technical talent in various business industries is likely to raise the employability of vulnerable low wage youth and achieve economic self-sufficiency for them.

Our strategy to ensure that this program achieves its targets include enhanced collaboration with the government and corporate partners to provide on-the-job training for members.

The corporate sector is ideally placed to design content for training that is relevant to the local labor market demands to ensure that the trainees will have access to employment upon completion of the program and provide feedback on overall performance in order to continuously improve the program.

Apart from ensuring that the training content best fulfills the needs of the industry, businesses are well placed to provide on-the-job training as they know and understand the requirements and needs of its business industry. The corporate sector, in giving professional training, will further provide the community with young people who are skilled and employable and indirectly assist families, especially those from poor financial backgrounds, lift themselves out of poverty.

The Government’s role is to encourage and intensify the involvement of the corporate sector through the establishment of accredited in-house training programs and formal certification.

The opportunity for companies to attain formal certification for their CSR initiatives may have the potential of building their brand as the “business to-go-to” to learn a skill. In doing so, businesses are also building the skills of the nation, which is imperative to economic priorities.

Topics

Agriculture and fisheries:

  • Nursery management
  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Agriculture product processing
  • Aqua culture
  • Livestock products processing

Manufacturing:

  • Existing infrastructure
  • Equipment and facilities

Tourism:

  • Medical tourism
  • Agro tourism
  • Sports tourism

Information technology:

  • Computer system technology
  • Database and programming needs
  • Support service network

Fleet management:

  • Transport and logistics
  • Global logistics
  • Supply chain technology
  • Locomotive technology

Energy sources:

  • Renewable energy
  • Energy and power technology
  • Solar energy technology

Health science:

  • Medical laboratory technology
  • Environmental health
  • First aid and public safety

Infrastructure improvement:

  • Communication skills
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Telecommunication technology
  • Disaster relief

Finance:

  • Banking
  • Insurance

We pool members together who have a common talent, interest or potential. Every applicant is guided through a pre-course questionnaire that determines which pool he or she will fit into. Each pool is allocated an expert trainer who guides members through the training.

Benefits of the program:

  • In-house training imparts practical, technical skills, which increase trainees’ human capital and potentially their productivity.
  • Training sessions may increase awareness of higher-paying job opportunities and improve knowledge of how to access these jobs and how to connect to potential employers.
  • In-house training helps trainees to reveal their talent or potential to a potential employer.
  • Training may also impart more general skills on how to start and operate a business, which could spur entrepreneurship. Therefore, either salaried employment or self-employment may increase due to training.
  • Training may increase human capital investment. Trainees may learn about the importance of investing in skill development to further improve their labor market prospects.

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