According Business Daily, some 5,000 university students will be put on internship in counties starting September in a new government programme aimed at boosting competence and national cohesion.
Deputy President William Ruto Tuesday announced a further 15,000 students will be deployed to work as interns in counties far from their homes next year.
The move, he said, aims at boosting national cohesion and rooting out ethnic-based rifts that have dogged the country while ensuring relevant skills are imparted to drive the economy.
â€œWe will launch a volunteer programme for university students where they will work in a different county from theirs for six months,â€ said Mr Ruto during the launch of a mentorship programme by Keroche Breweries in Nairobi on Tuesday.
â€œWe have the first 5,000 students joining the programme this September. This will help eliminate the â€˜usâ€™ versus â€˜themâ€™ mentality and instead be replaced with that of â€˜my country.â€™â€™
Graduates have persistently raised concern over being shunned by employers for lack of job experience.
The new development offers students a huge advantage in the face of the shrinking employment space. The Kenya Industrial Training Institute meant to link learners with employers can only absorb a small number of graduates for placement.