Nyandarua County Empowers Youth Through Skill Training And Procurement Of Necessary Equipment
The County Government of Nyandarua through the Department of Youth, Sports, Gender and Social Services has invested in a youth empowerment programme which has been helping young people with equipment and basic training to get skills that enable them to become self-employed. Nyandarua has a population of 638,289 according to censors’ data of 2019 and more than 50% of its population are young people who are categorized as youth. This high youth population has experienced challenges associated with few white collar jobs in the previous years before the County started empowering them with equipment and necessary training. The County has issued equipment to over 400 groups from across all the wards in the County among them being public address systems, large format printers, motorbikes, incubators, brick making machines, salon and barber equipment, car wash machines, bakery equipment, milk ATMs and fuel pumps. The recipients of the youth empowerment project are expected to form common interest groups then write clear proposals requesting for the equipment to the County Department of Youth. The proposals are vetted by the County then basic training is offered to those who qualify and finally the needed equipment and machines are disseminated. The empowerment programme is aimed to enhance the participation of the youth in policymaking and implementation, governance, capacity building, training and decision making to stimulate growth, job creation and development.