On Friday, Trade CS Moses Kuria launched 6,000 Export Processing Zone (EPZ) internships in the apparel and pharmaceutical sectors, which will be available through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and polytechnics across the country.
Speaking at the opening of the careers and TVET day at Tetu Technical and Vocational College in Nyeri County, Kuria announced that the internships, provided in collaboration with the national government through EPZs, will be allocated through Members of Parliament.
“Our participation aligns with the government’s initiative to empower the youth with technical skills that will enable them to contribute effectively to national development,” Kuria said.
EPZs are designated areas for industrial and commercial operations primarily aimed at exporting goods and services. Earlier this week, Kuria declared two new EPZs in Eldoret/Municipality Block 15/1757 in Uasin Gishu County, measuring approximately 135 hectares, and Bukhayo, Nasewa/1500 in Busia County, measuring approximately 341.2 hectares. By establishing EPZs in different parts of the country, the government aims to attract foreign investment, create employment opportunities, and increase the country’s exports.
Currently, there are 10 EPZs in Kenya, located in different parts of the country, including Nairobi, Mombasa, Athi River, and Kisumu. These zones have attracted a wide range of industries, including textile and garment manufacturing, agro-processing, and horticulture.
Kuria’s announcement of the EPZ internships follows the government’s push to enhance TVET training and skills development in the country. The government has pledged to provide free vocational training to Kenyan youth in order to increase their employability and promote economic growth.
By partnering with EPZs, the government hopes to provide young people with practical training in various industries and enable them to acquire the necessary technical skills and experience to contribute effectively to the country’s economic development.