The Public Service Commission PSC has launched a program to train 400 mentors and coaches.
They will help the interns in the civil service acquire more work experience during their one-year internship.
PSC’s Commissioner in charge of the Public Service Internship Program Mary Muyandi said the mentorship program will allow those trained to go out of their way to ensure the interns become all rounded employees.
” The coaches will be expected to go beyond work and impart other civil service values and life skills that the interns need to become wholesome workers,” Muyandi said.
She was addressing media on behalf of the Commission Vice Chair, Charity Kisotu, during the official launch of the training program at the Kenya School of Government in Embu.
“Youths are facing many challenges today. They include family issues, hard economic times and mental health, ..and it will be the responsibility of the coaches to take them under their wing and show them how to navigate round these issues,” she said.
About 5600 interns have gone through the program since it started three years ago. An estimated 3000 are still under the program.
“The commission is in the process of recruiting another 3000 to join the program next year. It is a free anda fair process that sees every ward in the country produce an intern,” she said.
The commissioner urged those being trained to be open minded about the interns, saying that they two could learn a thing or two from the tech savvy new generation to the betterment of the workplace.
Kisotu thanked the government and partners like ABSA Bank for availing the resources to facilitate the paid internships.
She said that it was disheartening to see so many graduates languishing in unemployment and urged the corporate sector to consider investing some of their CSR resources to equipping the youth with employable skills.
ABSA Bank Director for Customer Network, Peter Mutua, pledged further support to the program, adding that his bank was always willing to assist communities to solve problems.