CALL FOR YOUTH TO PARTICIPATE IN CYCLE 6 OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR BASED TRAINING AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
(For Placement in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu Counties Only)
The Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP) is a four year pilot project Financed by the Government of Kenya (GoK) with a credit from the World Bank. KYEP is coordinated by the Ministry of Devolution and Planning (MoDP) and comprises two components: Capacity building within the MoDP; and providing training and internships in the private sector. The GoK has appointed the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) to implement the Component on Private Sector Training and Internships.
The training and internship program targets vulnerable youth who do not have other opportunities available to them (presently or in the near future), such as opportunities to advance their studies and/or opportunities for long or short-term employment. The program aims at improving employability of the youth who participate in the program by placing them for workplace experience with private sector employers. Youth selected to participate in the program are placed in either the formal or informal sectors, with a focus on promoting wage and self-employment. However, the programme does not guarantee employment at the end of the internship.
The project is implemented in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu counties which means that while youth who are interested in the program can apply from anywhere in Kenya, selected candidates will only be trained and placed for internship either in Nairobi, Mombasa or Kisumu. Youth who meet the eligibility criteria are selected through automated random selection. The program is organized into internship cycles that last up to eight months, although actual project activities take six months (2 months training and 4 months internship).
All selected youth undergo two weeks of non residential Life Skills training at the start of the program and thereafter, a competitive selection process for internship opportunities is conducted by employers through interviews for youth who successfully complete the Life Skills training. This interview period is about one month in length and may continue as youth participate in the subsequent training sessions. Youth who are not selected by employers by the end of the training period, do not proceed for work place internship. While participating in the training sessions and also during the work place experience, interns receive a small stipend as a contribution towards their transport costs and meals. However, interns receive this monthly stipend only on the basis of their full attendance of the training and internship program.
The program has so far completed 4 cycles with the 5th one due to end in November, 2014. KEPSA NOW INVITES APPLICATIONS FROM YOUTH WHO WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN CYCLE 6 OF THE KYEP TRAINING AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. This invitation is for youth who are ready to be PLACED WITHIN NAIROBI, MOMBASA OR KISUMU COUNTIES ONLY. Those who will be selected and do not reside in these counties are expected to seek their own accommodation and cater for costs during the entire 8 month period.
To be eligible, applicants must:
a) Be between 15 and 29 years of age;
b) Have a minimum qualication of KCPE;
c) Not be currently in school/college;
d) Have been out of school for at least one year;
e) Not expecting to join college/university within a year from now;
f ) Not be currently working;
g) Be of Kenyan nationality; and,
h) Not have been selected in previous cycles.
Youth who meet the above eligibility criteria and are interested are invited to apply. Proof of eligibility will be required before enrollment into the program. As the internship is eight months in length and full attendance is required throughout, youth are required to ensure that they do not have conflicting commitments before applying.
Application forms are available in the following ways:
Downloading from the KEPSA website (www.kepsa.or.ke) or the Ministry of Devolution and Planning (MoDP) website
Accessing the online application form which is to be found on the KEPSA (www.kepsa.or.ke) and MoDP
(www.devolutionplanning.go.ke) websites; and
Collecting a hard copy of the application form available from Youth Development Oﬃces in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu counties ONLY
Submission of completed application forms may be done in the following ways:
• Online applications to be electronically submitted at the click of a button;
• E-mailing a soft copy through firstname.lastname@example.org for youth who wish to be placed in Nairobi,
email@example.com for youth who wish to be placed in Mombasa and firstname.lastname@example.org
for youth who wish to be placed in Kisumu
• Dropping the hard copy application forms at any Youth Development Oﬃces in Nairobi, Mombasa or Kisumu counties
• Posting the hard copy application form to KEPSA – KYEP P.O. Box 3556 – 00100 Nairobi
The deadline for receipt of applications is 24th October, 2014. Please note that only the successful applicants will be contacted.
NO HAND DELIVERED FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE KEPSA OFFICES OR THE MINISTRY OF DEVOLUTION AND PLANNING HEAD OFFICE