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Inclusive growth through decent work -Public-Private Development Partner Project -PPDP

Background Information

The developmental objective of the PPDP project is to contribute towards poverty reduction amongst the marginalized communities in the Great Rift. To achieve this overarching goal, the immediate objective of the project is to
a. create decent jobs resulting from relevant and quality skills provided by selected vocational training centers and other training institutions.
b. Decent jobs resulting from new and growing businesses, and
c. Improved access, accountability in service delivery and advancement of human rights.
The project addresses the identified gaps and challenges and scale up achievements by focusing on the following five mutually reinforcing strategic imperatives.
1) Formal skills development with workplace learning and linkage to employment opportunities and recognition of prior learning (RPL)
2) Skills upgrading, business development combined with micro and small enterprise development,
3) Deepening access to public and social services through rights advocacy.
4) Enhanced community resilience and adaptation to impacts of climate change
5) Gender equality and access to sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

Outcome 1: Decent Job Resulting from Relevant and Quality Skills Provided by Selected Vocational Training Centres and Other Training Institutions.

The project is enhancing and diversifying employment opportunities for the youth and women in target communications through relevant and quality skills acquisition. Industries typically employ based on relevant skills, qualifications, and often the experience of the person seeking employment. The employability of youth and women from the affected communities through the attainment of the appropriate technical and soft skills, qualifications, and work experience required by the private sector will be delivered through the following approaches:
a) Ensuring that the youth and women graduates from VTCs have relevant and quality skills demanded by the private sector, including green jobs skills
b) Enhancing Institutional capacity to identify, assess and certify RPL beneficiaries in the public-private sector.
c) Building the capacity of VTCs to produce graduates will relevant and quality skills demanded by both public and private sectors, including green jobs.
d) Securing commitments with the private sector companies and/or SMEs to promote demand-driven skills through the provision of attachments, internships, and employment opportunities for the youth and women graduates from the affected communities.
e) Similarly, securing government commitment at national and county levels and identifying specific roles and responsibilities.
f) Developing occupational competency standards and reviewing relevant courses that are demand-driven based on the industry’s skills needs
g) Partnerships with the public and private sector partners enhance the capacity of selected vocational training centres to deliver demand-driven skills training and create linkages with industries for attachments, internships, and mentorship.
h) Greening VTCs to modify their institution’s awareness, behaviors, and activities to match them up with the broader principle of sustainability – that is, economically, socially, and environmentally responsible- and enhance their capacity to produce graduates with relevant and high-quality skills in green jobs.

Implementing Partners

• KenGen
• Flower Farm
• Bedi Investments
• Njoro Cannings
• Vocational Training Centres

The Counties of Focus

• Curriculum Development/reforms
• Equipment and infrastructure
• Governance and Management strengthening (including training of institutional managers/Councils/Boards of Governors)
• Life employability skills
• Private Sector engagement/ linkages with industry
• Student Support services (e.g., career counselling)
• Teacher Training (includes continuous professional development or Youth Instructor Training)
• Youth Technical Skills Training


• Automotive and Mechanics
• Beauty and Personal Care
• Electrical and Electronics
• Fashion and Design
• Food and beverage
• Hospitality and Tourism
• Metal work / fabrication
• Textiles; clothing; leather; footwear


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