The Kenyan government will equip the youth with technical skills in a bid to create job opportunities for a demographic whose unemployment rate stands at 26.21 percent, an official said on Friday.

Kevit Desai, principal secretary of the State Department of Vocational and Technical Training in the Ministry of Education, said that providing the youth with the technical know-how will assist them to transition into the labor market in a seamless manner.

“The establishment of department of TVET in 2005 signaled a bold commitment by the government to provide a flawless transition between school and work,” said Desai during the opening ceremony of a skills show in Nairobi.

The skills show, dubbed “Hands on the Future”, aims at sensitizing the youth and their parents to the multitude of career possibilities and training opportunities that currently exist in Kenya.

Kipkirui Langat, director general of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA), said that the organization ensures that sustainable development agenda is inculcated in technical and vocational learning through the provision of standards and guidelines as well as regulating curricula development.

“The event has come at the right time when stakeholders in the sector have started to put their heads together to create partnerships that will ensure the education and training of the work force promote understanding of sustainability for stewardship of resources and opportunities,” said Langat.

The labor market in the East African nation has been typified by disparity between skills demanded by employers and those possessed by the youth coming out of colleges.

This state of affairs has led to the increase in unemployment rate among the youth because they lack market-relevant skills. Enditem

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