New website launched to help Kenya's unemployed youth get jobs

Government launches portal to help solve unemployment crisis in the country

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Solving the ballooning unemployment crisis remains to be a tall order for the Kenyan government.

This is well portrayed by the hundreds of thousands of unemployed graduates who after graduation end up spending a lot of time “tarmacking” in the hope of getting those white collar jobs.

Such is the situation in the country where nearly four in every 10 Kenyans of working age have no jobs, that is according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report on Status of Kenya’s unemployment.

Well, in a bid to solve this crisis, the government on Wednesday launched a website aimed at linking job seekers to existing employment and internship opportunities within their counties as well as across the country.

The portal, dubbed Kenya Labour Market Information System (KLMIS), is a one-stop shop for labour information in the country.

East African Community and Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie said that the portal will help address the challenge of inadequate supply of crucial employment statistics in Kenya by providing an interactive platform for prospective employers and job seekers.

“Through the National Employment Agency and in partnership with the private sector, job seekers will be able to register and upload their CVs and apply for the same, free of charge. The ministry will ensure that every young person seeking employment is identified by carrying out a continuous county level registration process through the KLMIS Platform,” said Ms Kandie.

She reiterated the government's promise to create at least 1.3 million jobs annually for the next five years.

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