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Development Organization

RTI International 

Implementing Partner

30 September 2015 to 29 September 2020

Project Timeline


Project Budget

30,000 youth between 18-35 years who have not completed secondary school education

Project target


  • Bahati Vocational Training Center

  • Bura East Vocational Training Center

  • Chepseon Vocational Training Center

  • Christian Industrial Training Center

  • Garissa Vocational Training Center

  • Kangemi Vocational Training Center

  • Kinango Vocational Training Center

  • Kipsmamungut Vocational Training Center

  • Kiptere Vocational Training Center

  • Kisongo Vocational Training Center

  • Manda Vocational Training Center

  • Mazeras Vocational Training Center

  • Mufule Vocational Training Center

  • Naitiri Vocational Training Center

  • Young Men’s Christian Association NTI

  • County Governments

  • Land O Lakes

  • McKinsey & Company Social

  • Mobile Accord

  • National Youth Bunge Association

  • SSG Advisor

  • International Rescue Committee


Pamela Wesonga

Youth Development Specialist

T 254 20 3632486


Kenya Youth Employment and Skills (K-YES) Program

USAID’s K-YES activity gives motivated but disenfranchised youth the skills and support they need to compete and succeed in the workplace. The activity connects young Kenyans to youth-friendly services (e.g., labor market information, financial institutions, and 21st century employability skills), allowing them to make informed and empowered decisions about their careers. With skills and vocational training designed in coordination with local industry, K-YES focuses on building local relationships and capacity to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of education and employment outcomes.


  • Agribusiness

  • Improved technical and vocational skills training

  • Targeted opportunities for entrepreneurship

  • Increased access to financial services, labor market information and career guidance

  • Gender equitable approaches to employment

  • Sustainability through partnership


  • Bungoma

  • Garissa

  • Kericho

  • Kisii

  • Kwale

  • Migori

  • Nairobi

  • Nyeri

  • West Pokot

Key Focus Areas: 

  • TVET Curriculum Reform (CBET)

  • Capacity Building

  • Employment

  • Life/Employability Skills

  • Labor Market Information System

  • Private Sector Engagement

  • Apprenticeship

  • Youth instructor Training (TOTs)

  • Youth Technical Skills Training

  • Access to Finance & Entrepreneurship


  • Agribusiness

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