KU WEE HUB HOLDS PUBLIC INTERNSHIP POLICY DIALOGUE

Prof. Richard O. Oduor, Registrar (Research, Outreach and Innovation) opens the Public Internship Policy Dialogue

Although the Public Service Internship Programme (PSIP) is designed to provide an avenue for job placement, a study undertaken by the Kenyatta University Women’s Economic Empowerment (KU WEE) established that the majority of the beneficiaries remain unemployed.

Nairobi, Feb, 13. The Kenyatta University Women’s Economic Empowerment (KU-WEE Hub) held a policy dialogue to bring together critical stakeholders to discuss the modalities of linking the beneficiaries of the Public Service Internship Programme to the job market. Among those represented were: Ministry of Gender And Affirmative Action , State Department of Youth Affairs , Ministry of Education State Department of Higher Education , Federation of Kenya Employers , Institute of Economic Affairs, ZIZI Afique, COWA-VALI and the North Eastern Youth Development.

The Problem Issue:

Although the Public Service Internship Programme (PSIP) is designed to provide an avenue for job placement, a study undertaken by the Kenyatta University Women’s Economic Empowerment (KU WEE) Hub in Nairobi City, Mombasa and Kisumu counties established that the majority of the beneficiaries remain unemployed. It also emerged that gender disparities exist where female participation in the job market is low compared to their male counterparts.

This dialogue was an effort to bring critical stakeholders together so as to discuss the findings of the study whose aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of the PSIP in promoting work readiness, securing well-paying jobs and career progression from a gendered perspective. The dialogue is anchored on the Public Service Internship Policy (2016).The main objective of the PSIP is to provide young graduates with an opportunity to acquire hands-on skills in order to promote their entrepreneurial skills, networking and School-to-Work Transition (SWT). The dialogue is premised on recognition that there is limited empirical evidence in Kenya on what works for Women’s Economic Empowerment through internship programmes. Stakeholder dialogues contribute a wealth of knowledge and experience which should be useful in improving the programme to enable it to achieve the envisioned goals. The findings of the study and the deliberations generated in this dialogue forum will contribute to development of policy briefs to be used by policy makers as they review and implement the policy targeting future cohorts of interns.

The study recommended that there is need to:

  1. Develop a Communication strategy
  2. Leverage on existing and future networks
  3. Share Data for policy and programme design and implementation
  4. Share opportunities through partner platforms – like the Ministry of Labour, National Employment Authority
  5. Provide Certification to the programme participants
  6. Extend the internship period
  7. Increase amount of stipend paid to the interns
  8. Mainstream jobs, from a gendered perspective
    Engage more Stakeholders, especially parents
  1. Review existing Policies

 

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