The national government will lobby international companies that outsource their work on online platforms to open up opportunities to Kenyan freelance workers.
The Ministry of ICT is working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to encourage and also look for opportunities for the youth who are skilled to take up online employment
Speaking on Monday at the University of Nairobi during the launch of Ajira Digital, a youth training program on online work, Principal Secretary for ICT Jerome Ochieng said the country has a pool of skilled and credible youth who have been prepared and trained by the government to take up on-line employment.
“The government plans to have over one million youth work on-line in the next one year, Ochieng said adding that the program that started with the first cohort of 100 students from the University of Nairobi would be expanded and rolled out to all local universities.
Ochieng further pointed out that digital work was genuine work that needed commitment and diligence as technology was providing millions of online jobs opportunities to large and diverse groups.
He added that the government planned to have some assignments put on-line for completion by freelancers.
“To fast-track digital employment, the government is setting up Community Innovation Hubs (CIH) across the 290 constituencies that will enable the youth to access on-line work,” Ochieng noted.
He said the Innovation Hubs would be equipped with digital devices and provided with optic fibre connectivity to enable youth access online jobs, innovate and market their creative digital content.
The Ajira Digital Programme is an initiative of the Kenyan government that was established to recruit, train and link up individual, especially youth, looking for work online.
This article was first published on Kenyanewsagency website.