For the Most Deserving Youth

Safaricom Foundation Scholarship

The Problem

Kenya is experiencing a youth bulge. 78 percent of the population is below 35 years and has a median age of 19 years. Enrolment to TVET has increased in the past 5 years but four problems persist.

  • Youth unemployment soaring, 97% of youth say unemployment is their biggest problem. However only less than half of the eligible youth are accessing TVET
  • Enrolment in TVET and funding has increased over the past 5 years. However, there is lack of clarity why the youth are not attracted to Government’s funding to TVET, and uptake is still below expectations.
  • Dalberg (2019) states that many youths not in employment education and training (NEET) still lack information about TVET. Despite the Government’s efforts to make TVET attractive, this information is only reaching a certain stratum of the population
  • There is little consistency of the available jobs in the market and training areas. Labour market knowledge is hardly linked to training institutions. This has led to over training in some institutions and lack skills in some sectors

About SFS

The goal of the program is to make a significant contribution towards Kenya’s sustainable development through equipping youth with sustainable skills for construction and hospitality industries

The most deserving youths are trained in one of the following trade areas;

  • Electrical Installation
  • Plumbing
  • Welding
  • Food and Beverage