Unemployed youth in Kenya are set to get a major boost in their quest for jobs should the proposed Unemployment Bill sail through.
Nominated National Assembly legislator, Gideon Keter, has drafted a legislative proposal which if passed will slash fees incurred by youths or persons with disabilities in acquiring clearance certificates when seeking employment.
Keter’s Employment Amendment Bill 2018 sets out to waiver fees on Certificate of Good Conduct, Higher Educations Loans Board (HELB), Credit Reference Bureau (CRB) and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission certificates.
“The Cabinet Secretary shall waive fees imposed on a person categorized as a youth or as a person with a disability, where it is mandatory to obtain the requisite clearance certificates in accessing employment at first instance,” the bill reads in part.
As envisaged by the legislator, the waiver would help the youth access more employment opportunities.
“Employment is a major concern to all Kenyans at the moment; reason being a youthful individual seeking employment is required to produce the required documents needed to pass for a job interview. More often than not that amount of money needed to furnish self with the documents is a problem,” said Keter.
A significant number of youths fail to apply for certain jobs due to the prohibitive costs that could go as high as Sh4,500.
The documents are issued by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Credit Reference Bureau.