Agriculture

Farming is the most important economic sector in Kenya, although less than 8 percent of the land is used for crop and feed production, and less than 20 percent is suitable for cultivation.

The project will enable a number of young women computer science/Information technology graduates from 10 public universities in Kenya to succeed in job placements and entrepreneurship endeavors via Skype mentorships and an in-person EmployMentor week training to be held in Nairobi and in the Western regions of Kenya in November 2014. The activities during this week include a mock interview, business case challenge, interview and soft skills training, mobile app development, guest speaker series and additional activities relating to employment and entrepreneurship.

The overall goal of the EmployMentor project is to enable young women graduates 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.

Expected Outcomes…

  • A number of fresh young women graduates/those in their final year in Information technology/ Business related disciplines to be recruited into the program
  • A number of the young women trained will be selected through a competitive mock interview and business case challenge.
  • In addition, some of the 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
  • The remaining participants 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.
  • 10 public universities in Kenya expected to participate in the program
  • Program duration July 2014 – June 2015