Six Hundred and fifty youth from Uasin Gishu County will be smiling all the way to the bank after being enrolled into the County Government of Uasin Gishu internship program.
Speaking during the official launch of the program at the County headquarters on Friday, Governor Jackson Mandago said the move will enable the youth to get real workplace experience in different organizations.
“We want to build the careers of our youth through this programme so that they don’t lose out on job opportunities for lack of experience.”
“We hope that a couple of them will be absorbed into the organizations on a permanent basis and others get skills to open their businesses and employ other jobless youth, ” said Mandago during the event that was also attended by top County officials and Members of the County Assembly.
The Governor further challenged government entities across the Country to support the programme by allowing interns into their various departments.
“We need to encourage capacity building among these young men and ladies to ensure adequate skilled manpower.
Deputy governor Daniel Chemno who also attended the event advised the interns to be the County’s ambassador in their workplaces.
The initiative by the County Government of Uasin Gishu is a unique one that comes as a relief to the many youths who have been turned away from jobs that they qualify for but lack industrial experience.
Other leaders present include County Executives in the Department of Environment, Health, Education, Devolution, Elgeyo Marakwet Deputy Governor Wesley Rotich, County Assembly leader of majority Josphat Lowoi among other MCas and leaders.