Youth Empowerment and Skills Transformation

Youth Empowerment and Skills Transformation

RODI’s major concern is the growing extent of youth unemployment that poses a fundamental challenge to sustainable development. The high rate of youth unemployment in the country also has a direct link to the escalating crime rate, abuse and exploitation among the youth.

Young people (18 – 34 years old) constitute 29% of Kenyan population, out of which 38.9% are jobless. (Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, 2019). This demography represents opportunities as well as challenges. Failure to meaningfully include the youth in Kenya’s social economic development agenda will not only worsen the current unemployment trends, but also contribute to increased crime and violence.

According to the International Labour Organization (2008), low levels of education and skills training among majority of the youth, greatly limit their chances of being absorbed into and participating in the formal sector. Technical and vocational training is central to youth employment. It prepares young people for work in the formal and informal sector and thus plays an important role in employment creation. The better the training and the more refined the skills are in terms of human capital, the higher the income and returns and the better the livelihoods of youth.

RODI aims to develop practical oriented skills among young people to address and fit the needs of industries and companies with a special focus on the disadvantaged groups (women and girls) in relation to competence based education and training. This empowers the youth with relevant knowledge, skills and attitude, thus inculcating a culture of responsibility, hard work and accountability.

As a National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) accredited training institution, we offer technical and vocational training skills to youth in:

  • Sustainable agriculture and agro-ecology
  • Appropriate technology skills in agro processing and value addition- e.g. skills in processing of milk products, vegetable products, fruit products, soya processing etc
  • Appropriate technology focusing on production of domestic detergents and other hygiene products. This include skills in making of: liquid soap, bar soap, hair shampoo, hair conditioner, bleach, disinfectant, sanitizer, powder soap, tie and dye, marbling, screen printing, candle making, shoe polish among others
  • Agribusiness skills, entrepreneurship and marketing
  • Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)

These technical skills provide a sustainable solution to the challenges faced by a majority of youth in Kenya and creates opportunities for them to venture in self-employment, be employable and take part in entrepreneurship.

The industry/private sector will benefit from youth graduates who have relevant skills and also through the required industrial attachments. Overall, the Government of Kenya will benefit from a qualified and skilled youth workforce which will attract foreign investments and steer the country towards the Vision 2030 aspirations for human capital development.

Additionally, RODI has a support and follow up system to ensure trained youth are linked with possible sources of support to initiate business as well as providing linkages for them to venture in self-employment, be employable and take part in entrepreneurship.