Vocational Training

Why We Started

Three out of four workers in Kenya are employed in the informal sector. There is no social safety network, leaving the working population vulnerable and lacking in real choices. This program was established to assist our students who are unable to find a place in the formal sector.

There are many training courses offered in a variety of skill areas that are popular, such as hairdressing, tailoring, carpentry and tourism. We focus on skills or aptitudes the students have shown during their time at Kookaburra.

We use colleges that not only offer training in the desired industry but also basic business and IT skills, as well as job placements, or assistance in job search, at the end of training.

At Kookaburra we run Life Skills classes where we discuss such topics as human and child rights, the challenges of adolescence, life after school and financial awareness.

We also have Creative Arts classes where we seek to develop practical and artistic expression.

We encourage computer awareness aimed at exposing the children to technology unlikely to be found in their homes and to show the role computers can play in both education and the workplace.

It is in the college courses though, that the children will earn the certificate and experience, that we hope will lead to them finding or creating employment opportunities. These courses normally run for between six to twelve months and we are contact with our students throughout the duration.

Most [Kenyan] workers operate under a high degree of informality and vulnerability, resulting in small and unpredictable incomes, poor working conditions and low productivity. Such informality is likely to trap people into poverty.
Report, UN Economic Commission for Africa, 2015

Vocational Training at Kookaburra