Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in its endevour to produce entrepreneurial graduate, held a youth training in collaboration with Kiambu County Coordinated Stakeholders Association (KCCSA), to sensitize them on accessing tender opportunities in government institutions, Friday, May 26, 2017.
The training came at a time when most youth in Kenya have persistently complained about unemployment as majority shy away from looking for entrepreneurial ways available of making money and instead focus solely on getting white collar jobs which are limited.
The event, which saw close to 150 youth drawn from Juja, Thika, Gatundu, Ruiru, Limuru, Githunguri and Kikuyu sub-counties being trained, aimed at empowering and sensitizing the youth on how to become self-employed as well as create employment for others. They were also acquainted with the government policy which directs that 30% of all tenders in government institutions be reserved for women and the youth in order to address the issue of unemployment.
In his address to the participants, the Kiambu County Deputy Governor, Mr. Gerald Githinji, urged the youth to apply for government tenders as they would do for jobs. He directed them to visit government institutions or government website to check for available tenders.
He also urged them to be persistent in their applications. “If you fail to get the first tender, continue applying until you succeed,” said Mr. Githinji.
Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production & Extension), Prof. Romanus Odhiambo while addressing the participants, encouraged the youth not only to look for jobs that other people have created but to go out and create employment for others. “Put effort in your education but also discover other opportunities that JKUAT offers. The University continues to empower the students through various projects mostly meant to cultivate the spirit of entrepreneurship,” he said.
On his part, the Director Linkages, Dr. Kaibui Mwikamba, urged the youth to avoid being ignorant and make use of what the government is providing while the Chairman, KCCSA, Mr. Kimani Kang’ethe, appreciated JKUAT for empowering the youth to become business people and challenged them to apply for the tenders that have benefited other youth.
Ms. Caroline Gitu, representing the Youth Fund and Mr. Joseph Thuo representing the Women Enterprise Fund, drew attention to the available funds from the government and how they can access them. Other speakers at the event included Mrs. Jane Ngatia, from JKUAT School of Business Studies, Procurement Department and youth who have already benefited from the government tenders.