The Kisii County Government has inaugurated a unique job creation center, called the Ajiry Job Center, at the Gusii Stadium in Kisii town.
The center aims to equip the youth with online skills that will enable them to secure employment.
The Governor of Kisii, Simba Arati, launched the center with the objective of opening avenues of employment for the youth, who constitute a significant proportion of the population and continue to struggle to acquire training and job opportunities.
During the launch, Governor Arati emphasized the importance of training the youth to embrace technological advancements that have turned the world into a global village.
He stressed that acquiring skills that will enable them to cut a niche in the global job market is crucial. Ajiry, a Progressive Web Application (PWA), is designed to provide a platform for entrepreneurial youth to connect and network with employers effortlessly and without the involvement of third-party agents.
Arati added that the program would allow the youth to expand their search for job opportunities, including both blue-collar and white-collar job sectors.
The Ajiry job center will offer training and mentorship opportunities for the youth and women to enhance their competitiveness in the job market and enable them to participate fully in the digital economy.
To ensure the success of the center, Governor Arati called for collaboration among the National Government, private sector, and civil society organizations. He also noted that the county was creating a model that could be replicated in other parts of the country and globally.
Dr. Isaac Muema, the National Programme Coordinator of the International Labour Organization, noted that while digitalization has brought tremendous benefits to the economy and society, it poses significant challenges, such as digital divides and unequal employment effects.
Muema emphasized that technology is changing the demand for specific tasks and skills, posing the risk of exacerbating pre-existing inequalities or creating new ones, as some jobs become automated, and certain skills become less in demand.
The Programme Coordinator commended the establishment of the Ajiry Job Center as a vital step towards promoting social justice and decent work for all.
He added that the Ajiry Job center would provide an opportunity for young people and women to showcase their skills, talents, and expertise through the platform.
With the newly launched Ajiry Center, demand-driven skills needed by the industry would be provided, resulting in a more efficient and effective employment system for the youth.