Opportunities presented by online work

Opportunities presented by online work

Castro is a young Kenyan who had been working casual jobs in the hospitality industry. His intermittent work earned him about $4 a day for about 19 hours of work a day.  With this income he improved his life and also supported his younger brother, as both their parents had passed away a few years prior. Castro found out about ACWCIT, a Kenyan based not for-profit and enrolled in their training program where he received a CISCO certification, IT and entrepreneurship skills and training that built the skills to navigate online work platforms and successfully secure work. Since graduating the program he has received repeat work on online work site Upwork, working as a virtual assistant to clients in the U.S and Europe. In the few months has been working he has increased his income to an average of $800 a month-more than six times the minimum wage in Kenya. Demand from clients has grown so significantly that he is now employing two other graduates from the program to carry out some tasks. Castro also travels round his hometown of Machakos speaking to youth about the opportunities presented by online...
3 ways we’re working with Uniserve to better the lives of young people

3 ways we’re working with Uniserve to better the lives of young people

Uniserv Education has partnered with ACWICT as an employer partner on its youth employability programs. Through the partnership, Uniserv Education has given employment to 20 disadvantaged young women from informal settlements trained at the ACWICT training centre in Nairobi. In addition, Uniserv has given a full scholarship for university education to a few of the young women who had dropped out due to economic constraints. Other key areas of partnership with Uniserv Education include: Provide mentors and career counselors for young people participating in ACWICT’s programs; provide linkages to universities that can be of benefit to young people participating in ACWICT’s programs and introduce ACWICT to your networks that can be beneficial to the disadvantaged young people. Uniserv Education aims to assist students with Careers Guidance, University Selection and University Admissions.Uniserv has offices in Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar Es Salaam, Kampala, Kigali, London, Addis Ababa, Mauritius, Bangkok and...
Working with Machakos County (Kenya) on Youth Employability

Working with Machakos County (Kenya) on Youth Employability

The County Government of Machakos has partnered with ACWICT on “Vusha” a youth employability project. Through its Ministry of Education, Youth and Social Services, the county has provided a room equipped with 30 computers, desks and other relevant equipment. “Vusha” is an employability project with the goal to improve employability prospects and income generating capacities of young people, aged 20-29 years from poor and disadvantaged households in Kenya. The project will expand ACWICT’s ongoing youth employability program that provides technical (IT) skills and life skills training, on-the-job experience coupled with job placement support to poor and disadvantaged young people in Nairobi’s main informal settlements by targeting an additional 4,500 youth from four counties of Mombasa, Machakos, Kiambu and Kisumu. The project will also expand employment options for the young people targeted by providing them with new and additional skills for accessing and engaging online work for generating additional income. In addition to the online work skills the project will also incorporate financial literacy skills and healthcare planning skills to enable the young people plan for their lives while gaining social support and asset-building. The young people targeted by the “Vusha” project will be at their transition point in their education from high school/vocational and/or tertiary education to the world of work. Upon completion of the training, at least 80 percent of the young people will be placed in jobs. The Vusha project will be implemented over a period of three years beginning 2014 –...
Microsoft Partners with ACWICT

Microsoft Partners with ACWICT

Microsoft Corporation has partnered with ACWICT to implement the EmployMentor. The project, which will be implemented over a period of one year aims at enabling young women in computer science/Information technology graduates from 10 public universities in Kenya to succeed in job placements and entrepreneurship endeavors via Skype mentorships and a week-long EmployMentor training to be held in November 2014. All the participants will receive interview preparation and soft skills trainings. On the final day, participants will showcase mobile apps developed during the week. In addition, guest speakers from selected fields of expertise in IT will be invited to share their experiences and industry expectations. At the end of the training, 20 of the participants will be selected through a competitive mock interview and business case challenge. In addition, 20 participants (regardless of participation in Microsoft interview) will be paired with a mentor from the finance community at the Microsoft corporation for a 1:1 skype mentorship for a period of not less than 6 months while the remaining particiapnts will be assisted to secure job placements through ACWICT’s job placement program and Microsoft’s social impact activities in Kenya such as the Tuko Works youth employability & entrepreneurship portal, 4Afrika programs and the BizSpark community. The hands on Financial Modelling training will help these aspiring entrepreneurs and information workers to simulate a ‘real world’ business pitch case and interviews. The participants will be prepared with soft skills such as building a credible and effective resume or website. The training will be held in two regions; in the broader Nairobi and Western regions. Applicants must be fresh young women graduates/those in...