Safaricom sets aside Sh39 million for youth empowerment programme

Safaricom Foundation Trustee, Sylvia Mulinge (L) and Generation Kenya CEO, Ramakrishan (Ram) Hariharan sign the Memorandum of Understanding during the launch of the partnership between Generation and Safaricom Foundation Wezesha Entry Level Jobs Training and Placement Programme whose inaugural class will be offered at the Dandora Greenlight Vocational Training Centre. Looking on is Deputy Mission Director (Technical Programs and Planning) USAID, Ms. Heather A. Schildge (L) and Principal Secretary in the State Department of Post Training and Skills Development, Mr. Alfred Cheruiyot (R).

At least 1,600 youths aged 18-25 will be equipped with knowledge, skills and tools required to succeed in a job under Safaricoms Foundation Wezesha Programme.

The foundation has partnered with Generation Kenya to equip the unemployed youth with the skills and positioning them for ongoing personal and professional success.

According to the foundations Trustee Sylvia Mulinge,they have set aside Sh39 million for the next three years towards facilitating programme.

“We are very excited about the partnership, as through it we will get to fulfill our objective of transforming lives and building communities as we connect young and disadvantaged youth with job opportunities,” Mulinge said.

The training will be held in Vocational Training Centers across the country.


The youths will undergo a four to eight week long intensive training in sectors such as financial services, retail, hospitality, consumer goods, customer service and apparel manufacturing.

According to Hariharan the trainees are guaranteed an interview with one of the various Generation Kenya employer partners. To date, Generation in Kenya has graduated 9,000+ youth with 88 per cent of them placed into meaningful employment.

“By training young people on employability skills and connecting them with jobs, we are helping solve the skills gap and unemployment problems that exist in our country,” said Ramakhrishnan Hariharan, Generation Kenya’s CEO.

According to a survey by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics , seven million Kenyans are unemployed. Out of these, 1.4 million have been desperately looking for work.

The 2018 report also showed that nine in every 10 unemployed Kenyans are 35 years and below, with the largest unemployment rate recorded in the age cohort 20–24, at 19.2 per cent.


The partnership seeks to address the need for sustainable youth employment through an innovative, replicable and rapidly scalable youth employment model for young high school graduates.

Wezesha is a programme under Safaricom Foundation’s new strategy that focuses on youth empowerment in Kenya. Wezesha aims to connect people to opportunities by empowering them with proven practical solutions for employment and self-employment.

The Generation Kenya program is funded by USAID and McKinsey & Company. Generation works closely with the Government of Kenya through Technical Vocational Education and Trainings (TVETs), providing these institutions with a best-in-class curriculum and methodology for training young people for employment.

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