Tuko works launch

works4Statistically, there are nearly 200 million young people aged between 15 and 24 on the African continent. They representing 60% of the total population and 45% of labor force. The reality is; despite the large percentage of able-bodied youth, unemployment is still a huge concern. Kenya’s youth unemployment rates are several times higher than the rate among adults and particularly high in cities and among females*.

On June 11th, Microsoft Corporation and the Homboyz Foundation introduced an online portal called TukoWorks. The website aims to provide Kenyan youth with free resources, training, career guidance services, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

 

Kenyan youth will easily access information on job opportunities and entrepreneurship on the www.tukoworks.co.ke portal. “The introduction of the portal was necessitated by the need to bridge the information gap for job seekers, aspiring entrepreneurs and school leavers by providing a network of accessible opportunities on various openings as well as necessary training on how to start a new enterprise. Our aim is to match the right skills to appropriate jobs, equip youth with the necessary training, tools and knowledge required to succeed in their desired jobs.” said Microsoft Kenya country manager Kunle Awosika.

 

Kenya is the second country to develop YouthWorks in sub-Saharan Africa. With youth unemployment continuing to be a problem in many African countries, Kunle said that individuals, governments and the private sector should play a collective role in creating jobs.

 

Speaking during the launch, Homeboyz Foundaton Chairman Myke Radar said, “Many young people have little or nor skills and are therefore largely excluded from a productive economic and social life. Those that have some education often exhibit skills irrelevant to current demand in the labor market, leading to a situation where educational and skill requirements are increasing and thus resulting in millions of unemployed and underemployment youth.”

 

Key features of the website include;

Career guidance tools – these assessments will support youth in their self-awareness to identify the skills they need to develop to be successful in their career, and will help link them to the appropriate career advisors, training and opportunities.

 

Job matching – jobs, internships, and volunteer postings easily automated online, with job preparation resources on CV and cover letter writing, interviews and workers’ rights and responsibilities.

 

Extensive training options – for different skills, customized to specific target groups and jobs, and in categories such as IT skills, soft skills, entrepreneurial skills and language skills.

 

Mentoring and volunteering matching – leveraging various alumni networks and corporate, and non-corporate and individual support.

 

Social media integration – capturing real-time feedback of young leaders and job seekers, as well as employers, which can identify training gaps compared to requirements.

Statistically, there are nearly 200 million young people aged between 15 and 24 on the African continent. They representing 60% of the total population and 45% of labor force. The reality is; despite the large percentage of able-bodied youth, unemployment is still a huge concern. Kenya’s youth unemployment rates are several times higher than the rate among adults and particularly high in cities and among females*.

On June 11th, Microsoft Corporation and the Homboyz Foundation introduced an online portal called TukoWorks. The website aims to provide Kenyan youth with free resources, training, career guidance services, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

 

Kenyan youth will easily access information on job opportunities and entrepreneurship on the www.tukoworks.co.ke portal. “The introduction of the portal was necessitated by the need to bridge the information gap for job seekers, aspiring entrepreneurs and school leavers by providing a network of accessible opportunities on various openings as well as necessary training on how to start a new enterprise. Our aim is to match the right skills to appropriate jobs, equip youth with the necessary training, tools and knowledge required to succeed in their desired jobs.” said Microsoft Kenya country manager Kunle Awosika.

 

Kenya is the second country to develop YouthWorks in sub-Saharan Africa. With youth unemployment continuing to be a problem in many African countries, Kunle said that individuals, governments and the private sector should play a collective role in creating jobs.

 

Speaking during the launch, Homeboyz Foundaton Chairman Myke Radar said, “Many young people have little or nor skills and are therefore largely excluded from a productive economic and social life. Those that have some education often exhibit skills irrelevant to current demand in the labor market, leading to a situation where educational and skill requirements are increasing and thus resulting in millions of unemployed and underemployment youth.”

 

Key features of the website include;

Career guidance tools – these assessments will support youth in their self-awareness to identify the skills they need to develop to be successful in their career, and will help link them to the appropriate career advisors, training and opportunities.

 

Job matching – jobs, internships, and volunteer postings easily automated online, with job preparation resources on CV and cover letter writing, interviews and workers’ rights and responsibilities.

 

Extensive training options – for different skills, customized to specific target groups and jobs, and in categories such as IT skills, soft skills, entrepreneurial skills and language skills.

 

Mentoring and volunteering matching – leveraging various alumni networks and corporate, and non-corporate and individual support.

 

Social media integration – capturing real-time feedback of young leaders and job seekers, as well as employers, which can identify training gaps compared to requirements.

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