Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has a mandate from the Government of Kenya (GoK) to implement a pilot training and internship project targeting approximately 11,000 youth over a 4-year period (2011–2014) with a focus on the six priority growth sectors identified within Vision 2030: Energy, Finance, Tourism, ICT, Manufacturing, and Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE). The key project outcome is to ensure that at least 50% of interns are employed or self-employed six months after internship completion. The project is implemented in cycles (each is 6 months with 3 months training and 3 months internship). Those eligible must: be 15-29 years of age, have had a minimum of 8 years schooling, have been out of school for at least one year, be unemployed, and not have been selected in previous cycles. Applications are made through an online portal or paper application forms. Eligible youth are thereafter randomly selected and vetted.
Private sector employers provided input on the training curriculum to address the mismatch between trainings offered and employer needs. The trainings offered are 2 weeks Life Skills, 3-5 weeks Core Business Skills, 2 weeks Entrepreneurship Skills, and 3-5 weeks Sector Specific Skills (MSE, Tourism, Energy, Manufacturing, ICT, and Finance). Additionally, over 500 master craftsmen have been trained to mentor interns in the informal sector. The trainings are conducted by third party training providers contracted by KEPSA.
Following training, the trainees proceed to internship. KEPSA seeks internship opportunities with various employers, ensuring their interest in taking interns from KYEP. KEPSA thereafter matches employers' requirements with interns' qualifications, skills, and interests. Youth are given an opportunity to choose their preferred areas of internship and undergo placement interviews with the employers. The youth have an opportunity to attend up to a maximum of 3 interviews and for those who are successful, proceed for internships. After internships, the interns can either secure employment with the internship employer, secure employment elsewhere, or start their own business.
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CEI approaches in action
Over 500 Employers/Companies have employed the trainees.
Being a pilot project, KYEP is still being implemented in only 3 cities. Future scalability and replicability of the project will be informed by the lessons learnt from the pilot.
At the end of this pilot phase, KYEP hopes to have documented the lessons learned in order to scale up and replicate the project across Kenya as well as to partner with more private sector organizations.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Tracer Survey to track program participants after they leave the program (measures employment rates 6 months after program graduation)
Monthly Workplace Reports record interns' performance on a monthly basis
Daily Diaries from interns monitors their experience and what they are learning
Regular monitoring visits and spot checks at internships
Surveys to measure the satisfaction levels of stakeholders (employers, interns, etc.)
A complaint-handling mechanism is in place to handle stakeholder complaints, queries, comments, and suggestions
Interns have designated supervisors who they report to on matters including performance, training, and other issues
An external Beneficiary Assessement conducted by an independent consultant revealed that there has been notable increase in satisfaction levels among the project beneficiaries and employers with the program: satisfaction increased from 79% to 85% among the interns and from 64% to 78% among employers in between the first two cycles of the pilot.
As per the Internal Tracer Survey, in cycle 1, within six months of internship completion, at least 71% of the youth had secured employment. The Tracer Survey is still in progress for cycles 2 and 3.
According to the Tracer Survey, after cycle 1, 71% of the youth had secured employment (both wage and self-employment). In cycle 2, whose tracer survey is ongoing, at least 64% of the youth have secured employment within 5 months of internship completion. In both cycles, over 9% of the youth have gone back to school for further skills development as a result of the programme.
On average, graduation rates in the last two cycles (cycle 1 and 2) has been at least 83%.
Overall during the Training and Internship phases, the average attendance has been at least 85%.
To be ascertained after conclusion of the ongoing end line survey.