Work Readiness and Employability Workshop
Each year an estimate of 700,000 students sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). In 2022 the total number of students who graduated from secondary school was 826,807 an increase of 6% from the previous year. According to the ministry of education only 19% (173,345) of the 2022 candidates qualified to join university. The remaining graduates qualified for TVET training institutions. A majority of whom are uncertain if they will be able to proceed to higher education institutions either due to the results they got or due to lack of school fees.
Youth living in informal settlement have limited opportunities to join tertiary education mainly due to poverty, majority of the young people Shamas Rugby Foundation (SRF) works with live in informal settlement and rural areas where poverty is rampant and university education is a farfetched dream.
SRF provides University scholarships to the most outstanding and needy students through the support of the Asian Commercial Community Academic Trust, rugby scholarships with universities and other friends and donors.
Since the scholarships slots are limited, SRF runs an employability program for our beneficiaries who have graduated from high school. The program aims to empower our beneficiaries with entrepreneurship skills and skills on demand by employers so that they are viable for employment to enable them secure employment and earn a living.
The skills they acquire from the program help them to identify work opportunities, how to navigate in the world of work, communications skills and how to get work done during employment.
This year SRF has trained 39 high school graduates with basic employability skills, personal branding and a guidance to analyze existing opportunities with TVET institutions for them. The program is not only designed to help them secure employment but also identify their interests and opportunities, tap into them to steer their future towards financial independence.