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At least 300 youth will get scholarships to study artisan courses in six vocational training centres in Central. The programme falls under a community empowerment component in the Sh20 billion project to dual the Kenol-Makutano-Sagana-Marua highway.

Beneficiaries will be youth residing along the 84km road, who have no formal training. Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) director-general Peter Mundinia said the education programme will take Sh40 million from the total cost of the road project, which is funded by the African Development Bank.

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“Most of our youth in the village do not have requisite skills to earn a living. The courses we are looking at in this training will enable self-employment. We will give priority to orphans, disabled or applicators from single parents,” said Mr Mundinia. The successful applicants will study courses such as masonry, plumbing, welding and fabrication, motor vehicle electrician, hairdressing and beauty therapy, carpentry, electrical installation grade III among others.

“The one-year course will be assessed by government recognised examining bodies and some of the trainees will be lucky to join the road project depending on the stage of the project and the course taken,” he said.

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KeNHA’s invite for the scholarships states that applicants should be residents of Nyeri, Kirinyaga or Murang’a counties. Young single mothers with KCSE or KCSE certificates with no formal training are also encouraged to apply for the scholarships. The programme targets 180 women and 120 men.