The government has received a Sh100 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to support its Ajira Digital program that seeks to introduce young people to online jobs.

According to the Information, Communications and Technology CS, Joe Mucheru, the donation would be channeled towards mentorship and training of the youth and apprentices on how to seek and get online jobs.

Towards this end, CS Mucheru said they would be starting in June where they would train 10, 000 youths all over the country for five days to equip them with requisite skills on how to earn a decent living from online work.

Addressing Dedan Kimathi University of Technology students on Tuesday, the CS added that the curriculum for the training was in place to ensure impartation of relevant skills.

Ajira Digital program receives funding from Rockefeller Foundation

“We are keen on supporting young Kenyans across the country secure jobs online,” noted the CS, adding that online platforms were increasingly becoming the de facto model of doing things.

He reported that there were about 40, 000 Kenyans doing online jobs saying the number was expected to rise as more people were trained on how to secure these jobs.

The CS at the same time urged mobile network companies to roll out 3G and 4G networks across the country to ensure the success of the Ajira project.

Mucheru said they are also seeking partnerships with government organs including the Judiciary in order to create jobs such as translation and transcription other than merely connecting job seekers to other platforms.

In order to increase connectivity countrywide, the CS reported that they were working with MPs in a bid to put up Wi Fi connections in all the constituencies.