Retail chain Tuskys has selected 895 youth from a list of 10,000 applicants to join its internship programme.
This is part of the supermarket’s efforts to bridge an acute trained human resource gap in the sector.
This is the fourth cohort, which saw female applicants outnumbering their male counterparts, and 60 per cent of the applicants having degrees, an indication of the need to create employment opportunities for the youth.
Tuskys Tuesday said the 895 young people underwent a competitive shortlisting process featuring a panel of interviewers seeking to retain the most passionate and skilled beneficiaries.
“The selected beneficiaries will be attached to the Joram Kamau Leadership Programme to undertake comprehensive hands-on training in retail operations and management,” Tuskys said in a notice.
The leadership programme was established in 2015 to provide academic and practical skills training for entry level students wishing to pursue formal retail careers.
The studies cover both elementary and management level retail lessons, with plans under way to certify the school’s training curriculum with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) at certificate, diploma and degree levels.