2,500 Kenyans graduate from a leading youth training and employment program

For Immediate Release

Friday, December 16, 2016
Kim Burns Case
+254 706 033 203 or kcase@usaid.gov

Today, 2,500 young Kenyans graduated from a youth education-to-employment program, “Generation Kenya,” supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the McKinsey Social Initiative.  The program provides technical and professional skills training to address the youth unemployment challenge in Kenya.  Of those graduating today, 95 percent have received job offers in financial services, customer service and sales.  The graduation ceremonies were held concurrently in Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru and Nanyuki.

A recent World Bank study reports Kenya’s youth unemployment rate at 17.3 percent –among the highest in the region.  “The special part about this program is that it’s not an empty promise to the youth of Kenya. We are identifying gaps in the job market upfront, working with businesses to create relevant training and setting up these hard-working young Kenyans for success,” USAID’s Education and Youth Office Chief Wick Powers said. 

The youth training and employment program works with more than 100 companies in Kenya, where most graduates are employed after successful completion of the interview process.  These partners include Britam, Barclays, Java House, Bidco, Carrefour, Woolworths and Old Mutual. Employers benefit from lower recruitment and training costs, as well as the easier onboarding of high-performing recruits.

“The agents are well trained and prepared to handle the tough financial sales jobs in the insurance industry. We have seen fruits two weeks after we engaged them.” – CIC Insurance Branch Manager, Nakuru

The program has graduated 4,000 young people since its inception in 2014 and aims to connect an additional 46,000 with skills and jobs by the end of 2019.  Interested young people or employers can visit the Generation website at www.generationinitiative.org/kenya or contact generationkenya@mckinseysocialinitiative.org.


About McKinsey Social Initiative:

McKinsey Social Initiative brings together partners from the public, private, and social sectors to develop innovative approaches to complex social challenges. McKinsey Social Initiative implements individual programs, each of which focuses on a single issue. It is an independent 501(c) (3) that was founded by McKinsey & Company in 2014.

About USAID:

USAID is the U.S. Government agency responsible for administering civilian foreign assistance. Generation Kenya contributes to USAID’s goal of placing 80,000 young Kenyan men and women into meaningful jobs by the year 2020.