The County Governor of Kitui Hon. Charity Ngilu on Monday flagged off 300 youths at the county headquarters to advance their clothing, mining and technological skills at South Eastern Kenya University, SEKU and Trend Links College in Nakuru County where 120 county sponsored youths had previously graduated from with garment making skills.Among the selected county youths, 150 are set to sharpen their skills on garment making, 50 on artisanal mining and 150 on ICT related courses.For a couple of months ago, the county has been on run to revive the garment industry as one of ways to actualize Governor Ngilu’s pledge for youth empowerment.
The county’s ambitious plans to revive garment making kicked off months ago when the Governor released the first set of youths to further their clothing skilks at Trend Links College in Nakuru.This first set of 120 youths graduated early last month in an event that was graced by Bahati MP Hon. Kimani Ngunjiri among other Senior Officers.The graduands are set to get employed at the garment factory plant, Syongila Vocational Training Centre, a county run garment making plant.The county youths’ training exercise targets to equip at least 2000 youths with industrial skills.
Eradication of poverty and enhancement of 24 hour economy in the county to create sufficient job opportunities are the key drivers of the project.
“We are aiming to train and create jobs for youths forthwith.The programme will eventually revive and spur growth in garment making sector, ” said Ngilu.
The fifty youths specialising on mining shall be the pioneers to the impending mining activities to various mineral deposits the county has been endowed with.Ngilu added that with the continued partnership between the county and university will enable 950 more youths’ enrollment for artisanal skills.
To match with the digitalization of the world, Ms. Ngilu pledged to impart ICT skills to the youths through training projects so as to better their acceptability and suitability to evolving technological job markets.