College & university graduates in Kericho now have a reason to smile. The county has launched a one-year internship program to give the graduates practical knowledge in their fields through various county departments.
The first-ever program is being rolled out by the County Public Service Board. Governor Eric Mutai spoke at the launch, announcing that 210 graduates will benefit: 104 with degrees and 106 with diplomas.
Mutai said the group will acquire hands-on training and skills to enhance their future employability. The students will receive a stipend determined by the County Public Service Board. To be eligible, the graduates must have received their degree or diploma in the last three years and have a certificate of good conduct.
In addition to the internship program, Mutai also announced that his administration will provide bursaries to 3,000 secondary school students who are orphans or from humble backgrounds. The bursary will be for Sh10,000, a larger amount than previously allocated by the previous regime.
Form four leavers who did not attain college entry grades will also be sponsored to attend tertiary institutions. According to Mutai, the county needs masons, carpenters, and mechanics, among other artisans. He encourages Kericho’s youth not to frown upon these blue-collar careers, as there is a good living to be made in such fields.