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The Kenyan government is working on a training collaboration between the National Youth Service (NYS) and rural based Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) operated by Counties towards ending the mismatch between skills youth graduate with and industry needs.

Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria says through the partnership trainers in the targeted 1500 VTCs will be equipped with capacity to anticipate and be aware of local, regional and global labor market dynamics. The VTCs were previously either referred to as youth or village polytechnics.

Mr. Kuria stated that collaboration between NYS and VTCs will provide a platform for young people to showcase their innovations and talents and connect them with mentors and potential employers. He made the remarks when he inspected facilities at Bondeni VTC in Nakuru City County.

There are four to five million unemployed youth in Kenya. This is more than 39 percent of the country’s youth population. According to a study by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection lack of skills tops the list of the factors contributing to the situation. 

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