The selection of the youth to take part in cycle six of training and business support was completed in March and the beneficiaries notified about the next steps.
The selection process, called randomization, was presided over by the Principal Secretary for State Department of Youth Affairs, Mr Charles Sunkuli.
It was conducted in three places, Uasin Gishu, Murang’a and Kwale and covered all the 17 counties participating in Kenya Youth Employment & Opportunities Project (KYEOP).
Speaking during the launch of the exercise at Rift Valley Technical Training Institute, Eldoret, Mr Sunkuli commended KYEOP for improving lives of the youth.
“I applaud KYEOP as one of the Government projects that is structured and geared towards assisting and growing the Kenyan youth,” he said.
In Kwale, the exercise took place at the Kenya School of Government Kwale and was attended by Chief Administrative Secretary Nadia Ahmed. In Murang’a, the event was held at Murang’a Teachers Training College.
In total, 11,211 youth were selected. Youth in 17 counties were selected for business support while youth opting for training and internship were selected in eight counties, namely, Bungoma, Kakamega, Kilifi, Kisii, Machakos, Mandera, Nairobi and Wajir.
Counties covered under the business support are; Bungoma, Kakamega, Kiambu, Kilifi, Kisii, Kisumu, Kitui, Kwale, Machakos, Mandera, Migori, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Turkana and Wajir.
The intake process for KYEOP Cycle Six begins with a call for application, followed by screening for eligibility and then selection. The successful applicants are selected through a randomization process, which uses a computer-based algorithm to randomly pick the youth from a set of data of eligible applicants. Randomization is done in public and witnessed by stakeholders to ensure transparency.
The Cycle 6 intake process was different from the previous ones as some of the implementing counties had achieved their targets in component 1 – (Training and Internship)
The lists of the youth selected through randomization are downloaded and signed by witnesses.