The Ministry of Labor, led by Principal Secretary Shadrack Mwadime, facilitated the departure of the initial cohort of National Youth Service (NYS) graduates bound for Saudi Arabia. The flagging-off ceremony, presided over by Mwadime, marked the commencement of a journey for 46 out of 273 NYS graduates on Saturday.

Highlighting the employment prospects, PS Mwadime emphasized that the graduates would be taking up roles as caregivers, administration assistants, and health workers in Saudi Arabia. He underlined the commitment to positioning NYS graduates as a source of high-quality labor internationally, citing their commendable discipline as a distinguishing factor.

“The team leaving will take up healthcare and Admin. Assistant jobs in Saudi Arabia,” Mwadime stated, expressing confidence in the capabilities and professionalism of the NYS graduates.

Moreover, Mwadime outlined the government’s broader strategy of dispatching additional batches of NYS graduates to various countries to secure employment opportunities for Kenyan youths. This initiative aligns with the government’s overarching objective of harnessing the skills and competencies of NYS graduates through the Labour Exportation Programme.

Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria had previously announced plans to facilitate the overseas deployment of NYS graduates during a meeting with NYS Recruiting Officers. This move aims to leverage the training and expertise acquired by NYS graduates, opening doors for international job placements.

“The Labor Export process is underway as we have already begun facilitating the issuing of passports at NYS headquarters in Ruaraka,” Kuria affirmed, emphasizing the practical steps being taken to facilitate the transition of NYS graduates into international employment opportunities.

This development follows President William Ruto’s directive issued during the NYS pass-out ceremony in Gilgil, where he underscored the importance of NYS training as a prerequisite for deployment for government-negotiated jobs abroad. By equipping job seekers with relevant skills and insights, this initiative aims to enhance their readiness for the global job market, ensuring a smooth transition into their respective roles abroad.

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