KBC bestowed hundred IPRC students with studentship
Through Kenya Commercial Bank’s youth scholarship program -KCB IGIRE, Integrated Polytechnic Regional College (IPRCs) students bestowed a six months accelerated training program to fostering their vocational skills that will enable them to compete on the labor market.
The KCB Rwanda’s KCB IGIRE foundation in partnership with National youth council, 100 youth from different IPRCs have given an endowment to nurturing their skills in different practical skills domains in youth scholarship program.
“KCB Igire created primarily to equip youth with vocational skills that will enable them to competitive on the labor market today. We still have our share of employees, but we want to contribute in making it possible for some other employees to be generated, so we are providing a response to the market need of technical skills,” said George Odhiambo, Managing director of KCB Bank Rwanda.
“Hopefully we will see these students go on to become successful and provide extra income for their families,” he added.
According to Mr. Odhiambo, though the bank has been encompassing into the community activities, it is with proven hope to encourage the youth through business programs to become job creators rather than job seekers.
“We strongly believe in the greatest impact of the program to have a ripple effect of development for years to come as a continuing collaboration with society through KCB Bank engagement into multiple community development initiatives,” Said Odhiambo.
While over 500 applied, 100 youth were selected for the KCB’s Rwf45 million funded scholarship program to be taken through Ordinary arts, Domestic Electronical Installation and ICT.
According To the officials, the discipline were selected according to the skills gap in the country as well as the personal preferences of the applicants.
Selected students will be taken through a six month accelerated training program where they shall be monitored and trained on different business skills and the best five bankable projects will be backed to start up.
Rosemary Mbabazi, the minister in the ministry of Youth, lauded the partnership and committed the government support to propel the program futher in bid of helping more students to creating jobs.
“We are looking for more youth to be empowered, but that numbers will depend on the current intake’s behaviors to creating projects that are going to create more jobs for young people so that we can propel this further,” said Mbabazi.