Career Services Office Launched to Help Students
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Fri, 2018-06-22 08:32

Career Services Launch

The Ministry of Education has launched Career Services Office that will play a critical role in helping graduates get internships, attachments and jobs. The launch was held at the University of Nairobi, Taifa Hall on June, 21, 2018.

Speaking during the launch, Education Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Amina Mohammed, observed that there has been a ‘disconnect between university training and the industry requirements’. The aim of Career Services Office will be to retool graduates so that they can easily fit in the job market. Graduates will as well be assisted in establishing their startups and launch their businesses as they venture into the business world. The Office will also create a linkage between universities and colleges and the industry.

“We lack technical expertise to fuel our economy. This office will help in branding our schools and universities as places of skills training and innovation centers.  Reforms in the education sector have resulted in many students graduating and entering the job market. We need one million jobs yearly. According to World Bank research, most graduates are not ready for the job market and hence the reason we have decided to help them”, said the Cabinet Secretary.

Learning institutions will as well be guided on how to prepare learners for self-employment. Learning institutions will hence be able to prepare learners for the ever changing job market. With the support of the Ministry of Education, student will be offered training on internship and apprenticeship, trained on personal branding and linked with the Industry.

Prof. Micheni Ntiba, Higher Education Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education, said that Career Services Office will provide a platform for internal and external feedback between the education sector and the industry. He encouraged students to be ready to be retrained to fit in any industry.

Governor Simon Kachapin, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Education, observed that the students need to be mentored and the career mismatch between university training and market requirements corrected.

University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, noted that the launch of Career Services will have a transformative effect on the university. “We have yearned for support to produce market ready graduate with skills. This is a timely intervention, “he said.

Going forward, the Ministry of Education will be visiting all universities and technical institutions in the country to engage students on the newly created Career Services Office.

 

 

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