At the forefront of this mission is eMobilis, a principal partner with MoICTDE, tasked with operationalization of 101 Ajira Youth Empowerment Centers (AYECs) across Kenya. These AYECs provide Kenyan youth with access to computer equipment, resources, training and mentorship. These AYECs are Incubation Centres where young women and men to access the needed tools in building a dignified and meaningful career in digitally-enabled opportunities. Additionally, eMobilis is involved in institutionalization of over 40 Ajira Digital clubs at selected universities and TVETs. These provide additional opportunities for training, mentorship, and online work career fairs.
Computer Digital Literacy
Introduction to Online & Digital Enabled Work
Personal Digital Profile Creation
Legal Framework for Starting a Business
Online Work Safety and Data Protection
AJIRA Digital Business Outsourcing Guide
Data Marketing and E-Commerce
Search Engine Optimization
Basic App Development
Basic Computer Programming
Basic Graphic Design
Data Analysis Using Excel
Financial Marketing and Trading
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Introduction to Cyber Security
Introduction to Web Development
The Basic Module covers computer basics and internet basics, which uses assistive technology that can be used by people with disabilities. These skills can be acquired by anyone provided they’re able to use a computer and understanding English, thus a great beginning point for anyone looking to start a career in online work even without prior technical training.
These training modules are relevant to multiple areas of digital skills that include technical and soft skill such as entrepreneurship, financial management, and communication skills which are fundamental in establishing a thriving online work career in all fields.This is a gateway to upskilling and building an impressive portfolio.
Our Entrepreneurship module provides information on how to identify business opportunities, develop a business plan, and register their businesses. It also covers topics such as marketing, financial management, and customer service. A great way to teak the leap into the world of self-employment.
These are training areas on emerging trends which introduce potential online workers into the technical career in Technology to be able to work and earn online. Some of the training modules include Programming, web development, graphic design, Financial Markets & Trading, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security among others.
Ajira Digital Program is an initiative of the Government of Kenya under the Ministry of ICT and Digital Economy with strategic partnership of Mastercard Foundation and is being implemented by eMobilis Technology Training Institute (eMobilis) and Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). Mastercard Foundation under the Young Africa Works strategy is the program’s principal investment partner. The program’s mission is to enable one million young women and men to access digital and digitally-enabled jobs annually through accelerating digital outsourcing; digitization of processes and services within the private and public sectors to position Kenya as a choice labour destination for multinational companies and a top-rated global freelancing hub.
The Ajira Digital program aims at providing an end-to-end solution for young people to work and earn online. eMobilis is charged with the operationalization of Ajira Youth Empowerment Centers, the institutionalization of Ajira Clubs in Universities and Technical & Vocational Educational Trainings (TVETs) as well as the implementation of training and mentorship across the country. On the other hand, KEPSA supports in catalyzing digitization for the private sector and e-government to create demand for the digital and digitally-enabled work skills offered by the program. The Government of Kenya through the Ministry of ICT & Digital Economy, Mastercard Foundation, eMobilis and KEPSA work in close cohesion towards realizing the goal of the program as it addresses unemployment for young Kenyans while contributing to the growth of the digital economy.
Ajira Digital is a free program open to all young Kenyans who are looking to make a dignified livelihood from digital and digitally-enabled work opportunities. Just by a single click on www.ajiradigital.go.ke one is able to access free training, mentorship, and online work linkages to enable them to work and earn a decent income
eMobilis Technology Institute is the principle MoICT partner tasked with operationalization of existing Ajira Youth Empowerment Centers (AYECs) as well as hiring and managing the key leads for 106 AYECs established across Kenya as part of operationalizing these Centers so that any Kenyan youth to access connectivity, computer equipment, resources, training, mentorship and support to embark on their journey for dignified work through digital and digitally enabled opportunities for earning
eMobilis is also tasked and mandated with institutionalizing Ajira Digital clubs and Curriculum at selected higher level learning institutions (Universities and TVETS) as an additional access point for training, mentorship and online work career fairs.
Africa’s young and vibrant population is eager and motivated to affect change, coupled with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. However, young people account for nearly 60 percent of Africa’s unemployed according to a World Bank report: The World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work. Unemployment impedes economic development since youth who experience a delay in starting out in the labour force tend to continue lagging behind with regards to income growth and earnings after they get employed. In Kenya, only 17% of the working population is formally employed. Those between the ages of 15-34 years’ account for 84% of the unemployed population.
Africa's youth population is an incredible force to be reckoned with; they are vibrant, motivated, and ready to make their mark on the world. However, despite their boundless potential, nearly 60% of African youths are unemployed, a statistic that is holding back the continent's economic development, according to the World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work by the World Bank. This staggering number means that many young people are unable to build their careers and are falling behind in terms of income growth.
In Kenya, the situation is equally concerning, with just 17% of the working population having formal employment. Shockingly, 84% of the unemployed population are young people aged between 15-34, a demographic that needs support and opportunities to unlock their potential.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and with it comes a golden opportunity for young people to tap into meaningful digital work, and in turn, boost global income levels. But as with any revolution, those who are best equipped to access and utilise digital technology are the ones who will reap the most benefits.
Enter the Kenya online Gig Economy - a thriving hub of opportunity that has already employed over 36,000 gig workers and is worth a staggering $109 million. This figure is expected to grow at an annual rate of 33% over the next five years, with the total size of the gig economy projected to reach $345 million and employ 93,875 gig workers by 2023.
So how can young Kenyans get involved? Upon acquiring the Free skills and mentorship you get job linkages to digital and digitally-enabled work. There are numerous work opportunities that are provide by Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) the other principal partner of Ajira Digital to catalyse digitization and creation of work opportunities both locally and globally. With up-and-coming gig economy employers like Upwork, Fiverr, iBuild, Kuhustle, iWriter, Uber, Safeboda, Lynk, Jumia, and Range on the rise, the possibilities for shaping Africa's transformation and driving economic growth are limitless.
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