BY Isah Asesa
UASIN GISHU: North Rift youths urged not to be choosy career wise but be innovative
Youths drawn from the counties of the North Rift region been challenged to shun away from being choosy career wise and instead explore different avenues of earning income and create employment for others.
Speaking yesterday during a Double Impact Foundation graduation ceremony held at Central Primary School Grounds in Eldoret, Kenya where 300 graduants excelled in various skills-based courses after six months of training, Mr Geoffrey Ajiki, the Director of the institution said that lack of employment in the formal sector was the driving factor for most of the youths to embrace skills-based courses.
“We all know where our country is today. We all know the challenges we have as young people. We don’t want to continue living in a country where 10, 000 graduate and only five get jobs. We must change this as young people,” said Mr Ajiki.
He said that Double Impact Foundation is an institution of learning from which primary and secondary school leavers have been trained and are now earning their daily bread.
“As an organization, we have partnered both local and foreign investors in the hotel and beauty industries just but to name a few who have been absorbing our students. We are also coming up with our own profit-making entities where more students and graduants will be absorbed,” he explained.
This comes at a time that scarcity of jobs has led to creativity and innovation among many Kenyan youths with some now resorting to jobs that were initially perceived to be for certain gender.
But as some left the graduation venue planning on what to do, some like Ms Betsy Cheptoo who also graduated from the organization are already putting their skills to use.
She chose to defy the odds and take on a job that many perceive belongs to men.
“This job has enabled me to educate my siblings and it has also helped me not to depend on my parents but be self-reliant in life because currently there is nothing like being choosy career-wise all one needs to do is be innovative and enjoy your job,” said Cheptoo who works as a barber in Eldoret Town.
Mr Kiplins Stephen one of her clients urged youths who are idling at home and depending on others for upkeep to join such an organization and attain skills that will enable them to become independent in life.
“I am satisfied with her services and all I can tell other youths out there is that they should not be choosy when it comes to jobs. Hers is such one of the best success stories I have ever come across,” said Mr Kiplins.
According to Mr Ajiki, the organization’s industry-relevant programs focus on imparting and enhancing skills making young people eligible and qualified for the existing jobs.
“We hope to reach all the underprivileged youths around the globe through our relevant and accessible programs,” he said.