ABN - A grant signed between the US government and a Kenyan firm will see around 2,000 youths receive training and jobs in the textile industry.
The deal was signed between the USAid East Africa Trade and Investment Hub and Generation Program Kenya Limited, a local subsidiary of the McKinsey Social Initiative.
USAid Kenya and East Africa acting mission director Tina Dooley-Jones said the initiative will be piloted in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and various apparel companies.
“USAid is pleased to support this pilot initiative. Not only does this private sector approach directly link trained at-risk youth to jobs, the leadership from Kenya’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives makes the model sustainable.”
Around 4,000 young people will be screened for participation, with half of that figure set to benefit from training and employment under the scheme, which seeks to address the skills gap that hampers growth in the sector.
East Africa is currently establishing itself as a key-sourcing hub for buyers of global apparel, footwear and travel goods.