Awareness on available Governement Services

By Millicent Agutu

Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP)

The Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP) is supported by World Bank. The project has three components;
• Training and internship for youths
• Kazi kwa vijana
• Capacity building of officers working within the Ministry

The program was started to create an enabling environment for job opportunities, to link the youths for attachment with private sector and to reduce the number of unemployed youths. Youths unemployment is a challenge for Kenya and other Countries. One of the problems that the project identified was that youths lacked jobs because they lacked skills and experience. For that matter Kenya Youth Enterprise Program (KYEP)is to improve employ-ability skills of the youths by giving them placement opportunities in sectors of their choice in collaboration with Kenya Private Sector Alliance(KEPSA).

KYEP offers the following services to the youths;
1. Life skills training (skills ignored but are necessary in private sector)
2. Co-business skills
3. Placement in formal sector employment (own job skills)

Who benefits
Any youth who has attained the age of 15 – 29 years, a Kenyan Citizen, must have attained KCPE Certificate, must not be committed/engaged at the time of application. KYEP is an intensive program that runs for eight months, runs in cycles, all applications are subjected to random selection (using a computer software) and each applicant have equal opportunity to be selected.

KYEP Structure
Life skills for – 2 weeks
Co-business for – 5 weeks Six months
Placement for – 3 months

The structure allows for breakup after completion of life skill training and then another breakup and completion of Co-business before a three months placement. During the placement if the youth prove to be competent, obedient and determined, then there is a possibility of being absorbed fully into the job. However, after placement, youths get jobs; some go back to school and some start businesses. Therefore, KYEF program and KEPSA does its work in conjunction with the Government in various sectors like; finance, manufacturing and tourism

Youth Enterprise Development Fund and Uwezo Fund
Eligibility; the fund is for youths and women. Youths are from 18 to 35 years, whereas women are 18 years to death. Men can also benefit from these funds, however, they should not constitute more than 30% of membership and not allowed in any leadership position in any of the funds.

Criteria of accessing the YEDF and Uwezo Fund
For one to be in a position to access Youth Enterprise Development Fund, one need to have an already registered group, business idea and a business plan. And for application there is a developed template from the funders. YEDF has a grace period of 3 (three) months and repayment within 12 (twelve) months.
For Uwezo Fund, applicants must have a table banking program in existence. Uwezo fund is given a grace period of 6 (six) months.
And for both YEDF and Uwezo Fund, they must have been operating an account in the given name at time of application.

For more information on Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP), Youth Enterprise Development Fund and Uwezo Fund kindly visit your;

District, Ministry of Devolution and Planning
Directorate of Youths OR
Visit;
KEPSA Website
Devolution and Planning Website

And those coming within Dagoretti District, the offices are located at DC’s place behind the Dagoretti CDF Office, Kawangware off Naivasha Road.

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