The greatest challenge of the next decade will be connecting so many young people with Opportunities- President Barack Obama
The 1st time I had a chance to go to the US, it was through Mandela Washington Felliowship. I got a chance to listen to President Barack Obama on our last day at Washington and he aptly summarized what he considered to be the greatest challenge of the next decade.
At Questworks, we begun the company with the idea that we should be on a Quest to give our clients the best possible service in engineering procurement and construction and renewable energy but that we should do so as we build people. We always thought of the company that builds people and skills in order for those people to build awesome things.
So in 2017, inspired in part by being selected at British Council Future Leaders Connectfrom 11,000 young leaders globally, at Questworks we conceptualized an apprenticeship program to help create skills and jobs just as we went about building a university building, an oil depot, a solar plant.
We sent out a request for apprentices at Questworks and received over 950 applications. We ended up shortlisting 150 for an aptitude test and spent over over 100 hours to interview 30 Apprentices and Interns for our Questworks TEF- AP, Apprenticeship Programme class of 2017. The candidates that made it to interviews, passed shortlisting (presentation, grades), passed tests (math and english).
This programme is a paid internship that will see close to 100 students and graduates annually with the outstanding ones join us for #employment and the many others gain #skills.
We have made a deliberate intention to design apprenticeship opportunities into most of our work and projects as a way of developing talent and helping with country’s biggest challenge of unemployment and unemployability. One in every five working age young people are not employed (World Bank, 2016). Some of the causes for this include mismatch of skills, poor skills, lack of access to work and study. Quality, effective apprenticeship has been found to be a useful intervention for youth employability (OECD ILO, 2014). This is infact consistent with the Kenya Income Tax Act (Set-Off Tax Rebate for Graduate Apprenticeships) Regulations, 2016.
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