Simba Foundation and UAP Old Mutual Faulu Foundation have partnered to provide technical and entrepreneurship training to underprivileged youth.
The program will see more than 70 students trained in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa counties for three years with a guaranteed paid internship during the training period.
In this innovative model that encourages Competency Based Education and Training (CBET), the beneficiaries will be earning while learning skills that are much sought after by the industry.
“As a Foundation we are proud to be championing youth empowerment by equipping them with skills and values for a productive future. There is an evident skilling gap on technical skills in this industry, and we hope to bridge that through this training,” said Simba Corporation Limited Chairman Mr. Adil Popat.
On her part, UAP Old Mutual Foundation Chairperson Mrs. Susan Omanga emphasized the core objective of the program which is to uplift the livelihoods of young people and their families in the country. “We are glad to be partnering with Simba Corporation Limited under this initiative.
[SCL Executive Chairman Adil Popat (L) with UAP Old Mtual Faulu Foundation Chairperson Susan Omanga. They are flanked by Legal Counsels Grace Mandela (second left) and Nannette Miingi. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
As a foundation we have also partnered with some of our service providers like garages for the internship opportunities that will be provided to the students. The youth need this kind of support, and we are glad to be playing a role in supporting and helping them shape their future” added Mrs. Omanga.
The project, which will be implemented through St. Kizito Vocational Training Institute in Nairobi, The Kisumu National Polytechnic in Kisumu and Christian Industrial Training College in Mombasa, as an expansion of an initiative that was initiated in 2016 by Simba Foundation.
A total of 135 youth have benefitted from the program and many of them are currently employed or running their micro enterprises.