Tuskys Supermarket chain has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hemland College and the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) to mentor 51 students from the college for three months.
Hemland College is currently working with NITA to implement the Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities (KYEOP), a government-run project that is funded by the World Bank.
The MoU is in line with the Tuskys internship programme whose objective is to offer the youth an opportunity to gain practical/employable skills through on the job training, coaching and mentorship.
Hemland College of Professional and Technical studies is a middle level college located in Thika town offering technical courses approved by the Ministry of Education and Technology. NITA is a State Corporation established under the Industrial Training (Amendment) Act of 2011.
In the KYEOP project, the youth are taken through training in various learning institutions, Hemland College being one of them. In the course of the sponsorship the students are attached to institutions in the relevant industry for three months as part of the training.
“It is an honor to work with Hemland College and NITA through the World Bank sponsored program to mentor the students and prepare them for the job market. Through Tuskys internship which has been running for several years, we have been able to offer on-job training opportunities to more than 10, 000 youths. Both training institution are aware of the success of Tuskys internship program and hence the decision to work with us,” said Simon Wamburu, Tuskys Senior Manager, Human Resource.
The Senior Manager added that Tuskys is looking at replicating this kind of apprenticeship in other tertiary institutions as part of Tuskys HR plan when approached by other like-minded partners. “We are already in partnership with the International Rescue mission (IRC) which aggregates students from institutions and place them in Tuskys for attachment,” he said.
According to the MOU signed, Hemland College in conjunction with NITA shall select the beneficiaries for participation in the apprenticeship programme and will be prioritied on the basis of trade and skills acquired.
On the other hand, Tuskys shall ensure that the beneficiary gets learning opportunities and are provided with a platform to learn practical job skills in various Tuskys department.