The ministry of education has launched a nationwide digital guidance and support programme to students and the youth. Dubbed ‘Digital nationwide career guidance and support to students, out of school youths and Kenyan workforce,’ the programme will see teachers gain knowledge that will assist them in guiding learners.
The career support services will be available online for teachers and other interested parties.
“The career support services will be provided by career coaches from the industry, digitally, through WhatsApp,” says Alfred Cheruiyot who is the Principal Secretary in the state department for post training and skills development.
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The programme that kicked off on May 5,2020, will purely be online based due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions set by the government; which prohibit social gatherings.
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Information and support services will be offered on such areas as ‘new and emerging careers, future of work and skills required by the job market.’
High school students will have something to smile about as they will get background knowledge and awareness required in order to pursue new new opportunities and succeed in their chosen careers. The learners will also get first hand information on how to make correct course choices that align with requirements of the job market.
Other areas to be covered include interviewing, curriculum vitae, cover letter writing, psychometric tests and professional development for those in the job market; among others.
PS Cheruiyot says the training will be of much relevance in ‘addressing skills gaps to meet the realities and requirements of a post covid-19 job market for the Kenyan workforce.’
How to participate
Interested individuals can directly receive the career support services that will be provided by career coaches. This can be done by adding the coaches’ WhatsApp phone number, 0714501569, to your contacts. Then, send the word ‘career’ to the number through WhatsApp to start receiving immediate career support through live interactions with the coaches.