The National Employment Authority (NEA) has launched an online database where employers will post available job opportunities and job seekers will register for available vacancies.
This move is aimed at helping in the realization of one of the Big Four Agenda items – the Manufacturing pillar – which has a job creation goal.
Currently NEA has facilitated the placement of over 40,000 job seekers in Kenya and abroad, formulated a national internship policy to guide the implementation of the internship programmes in public and private sectors and developed a plan of action for the national employment policy and for Kenya.
Principal Secretary in the State Department for Labour Eng. Peter Kiplagat said this year alone the Government aims to create 1.2 million jobs to absorb the ever increasing number of applicants in the labour market. NEA aims to help in achieving this goal through the online platform.
“We settle down to fulfill our mandate, we recall our obligations to our citizens and to the international communities in matters of labour, the PS said.”
Mr Kiplagat spoke during the launch of NEA programme that was held in Nairobi where the body also unveiled information handbooks on pre-departure, a policy that aims at facilitating the placement of jobs in the international arena.
Eng. Kiplagat further reiterated that the government is committed to put in place mechanisms that can protect Kenyans from unfair exploitation and unfair practices “Foreign employment is a critical source of livelihood for many Kenyans. Last year alone inward formal annual payments stood at Ksh70 billion, he said.
Nairobi Senator Hon. Johnson Sakaja noted there should be a serious allocation of resources to ensure employment for the youths. “Employment among the youths remains the biggest challenge in the market,” said Sakaja.