Jobless graduates to get government internship with stipend
The government of Kenya has announced that it will as from 2016 offer one year internship opportunities to unemployed graduates. This will enable them to gain experience that most companies/firms/organizations demand for before employing.
According to a new government internship policy signed by Prof. Margaret Kobia, the Chairperson, Public Service Commission, The internship programme in the Public Service serves to:
- enhance youth development and employability by creating clear linkages between education, training and work;
- gain hands-on experience to build upon skills learned in the classroom;
- develop a culture of high quality life-long learning, positive work habits and attitudes; and
- establish a supply pipeline of skills to the public service.
All internship opportunities in the public service shall be declared to the Public Service Commission. The Commission shall put in the public domain and its website information on the opportunities and this will act as a one-stop-shop for the public to access information.
Eligibility and Duration of Internship
The internship programme is open to unemployed Kenyan graduates from training institutions who have completed their degrees courses and have not been exposed to work experience related to their area of study. It is also open to graduates of degree and diploma programmes, for whom internship is a requirement for registration by their respective professional bodies.
Payment to Interns
The internship policy is meant to provide the youth with opportunities to acquire skills and gain experience that can make them employable. Internship, therefore, shall be non-remunerative. However, the Government will set aside funds for supporting the interns with a stipend. These funds will be made available through the regular budgetary allocations so as to ensure MDAs engage interns every financial year.
Supporting the interns with a stipend will encourage youth from poor backgrounds and disadvantaged areas who may otherwise miss to take up such opportunities. The rate of stipend will be determined by the Government from time to time.
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