51 dependants of the Kenya Defence Forces service men and women aged 18 to 25 years have graduated from the first cohort of technical and vocational training in plumbing and electrical installation program.
Backed by the Family Bank Foundation and Military Wives Association of Kenya, the three months pilot phase training is aimed at enhancing the employability and entrepreneurial opportunities of the young men and women anchored under the Tufuzu Youth Development Programme.
“If this effort and the money you have spent is going to make a difference to one person it is worth it but from the numbers, I can see it is going to make a difference to many people. As a force, we will work on getting you placements to ensure that you apply these skills and acquire the necessary experience,” said Gen. Ogolla.
He further encouraged the beneficiaries, who received construction starter toolkits valued at Sh50,000 to make them ready for the job market, internship, apprenticeship placements as well as labour market linkages, to seize the opportunity and strive to learn more as they work in the field.
“So far, we have invested over Sh30 million in providing technical and vocational trainings. These tool kits will not only empower you but also provide you with a platform to be able to go ahead and get into the job market as soon as possible,” said Family Bank CEO Rebecca Mbithi.
In attendance during the graduation ceremony held yesterday at Ulinzi Sports Complex were the Family Group Foundation Chairman Dr. Francis Muraya, Family Bank Chair Dr. Wilfred Kiboro, MWAK Chairperson Aileen Ogolla, MWAK Partnership and Collaboration Pillar Head Grace Amogola and other service commanders and MWAK members.