The Influence of Skill-Sets Offered at Kenya’s NITA Training Centers on Youth Employability: A Study of NGAAF Youth Employability Program in Homa Bay and Kisumu Counties, Kenya

Authors : Mboha Oloo Joseph; Barack Calvince Omondi; Jane Khasoa Lusenaka

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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Of the 73 million jobs created between 2000 and 2012 in Africa, only 16 million went to the youth .As the demographic youth bulge problem worsens and employment opportunities for this cohort remain stagnant, youth unemployment becomes a serious threat to African countries as well to the global peace and security. Kenya’s population is largely youthful, and like the trends in Africa, more youths have post-secondary education with hundreds graduating from all post- secondary levels every year; implying the need for employment skills based on market demands. This study interrogates the influence of skill-sets offered at through the NGAAF sponsorship on youth employability asked on Homa Bay and Kisumu Counties – which were the pioneer implementers of this empowerment program – the study employs mixed methods design to collect and analyze data from across concerned stakeholders of the program – primarily from the program beneficiaries- Quantitative data was analyzed through SPSS via descriptive statistics and qualitative through thematic content analysis procedures.. Corroboration of survey and qualitative analyses revealed that out of the 15 skill sets offered, Quick-Service Oriented Skills (QSOS) demonstrated higher employability rates compared to High Demanding Technical Skills Courses (HTSCs). Post- training, participants in sectors like hospitality, beauty therapy, and salon-related trades exhibited favorable employment rates. Practical training and industry relevance emerged as key factors contributing to successful transitions into employment. The study highlights the importance of continuous support and bursaries for sustained engagement in training. Recommendations include prioritizing practical, industry-oriented training, aligning courses with market demand, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, and emphasizing proactive engagement among youth. Overall, by embracing these recommendations, the NGAAF program and relevant actors can effectively address youth unemployment and enhance economic prospects in Kenya.

Keywords : Kenya, NGAAF, Youth employability, and Youth Empowerment.


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