30,000 Kenyans to find jobs abroad, says CS Chelugui


Kenya will soon export a workforce of 30,000 professionals to other continents, Labour CS Simon Chelugui has said.

He said the government had trained home care and childcare specialists to work for training agencies recruiting about 30,000 to be deployed abroad.

The government is scouting for opportunities in Europe and the Middle East.
Chelugui said one of the challenges facing Kenyans abroad was lack of training.

“It is important to be skilled and have pre-departure training to help them work abroad. A number of bilateral agreements, which speak to the welfare and interest of workers, are also being addressed...we have signed with a number of countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia," he said.

"Other bilateral agreements are in the works like Canada, Britain and Australia, which are potential destination markets for Kenyan workers.”

Chelugui held a press conference shortly after presiding over a graduation ceremony of Home Care Management Course Trainer of Trainers graduands at the National Industrial Training Authority in Athi River, Machakos county, on June 2.

He said the government was aware of the challenge of producing 1.2 million graduates, yet the economy can only absorb 800,000.

“Around 400,000 Kenyans are left without job opportunities and so it becomes a major challenge for the youths though their intention is for all Kenyans to get a job,” Chelugui said.

The CS said it was the government’s responsibility to create employment opportunities for Kenyans abroad and ensure they are treated well and respected.

He urged students and trainers to sharpen their tools and prepare for competition from other countries.

"I have received messages and calls from Kenyans in distress in foreign countries, and so it is our duty and responsibility as a government, to ensure Kenyans are working and living in a dignified manner. It is my duty to enable, facilitate and create opportunities either locally and abroad for those 400,000 Kenyans,” Chelugui said