Govt to deploy 3,100 newly recruited interns to State agencies next week

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By Evance Odhiambo

The inaugural batch of 3,100 young graduate interns under the Public Service Internship Programme is set to be commissioned on Wednesday in Nairobi.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has notified the successful applicants and invited them to attend the commissioning ceremony, to be followed by two days non-residential induction programme that will be conducted on Thursday and Friday.

The new interns will thereafter be deployed to various Ministries, State Departments and Agencies to begin the one-year internship programme during which they will earn a monthly stipend.

They are expected to work under the supervision of skilled workers, seasoned mentors and career civil servants who will provide career guidance, life skills and work experience that the job market requires, PSC said on Sunday.

Public Service, Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Prof Margaret Kobia and PSC Chairman Stephen Kirogo are scheduled to preside over the commissioning ceremony that will also be attended by officials from government ministries, private sector and other stakeholders.

The Commission selected 3,100 qualified candidates out of the shortlisted 8,000 applicants from all the 47 counties and constituencies in the country.

18,000 applicants had responded to the advert that invited applications in August this year.

PSC launched the Public Service Internship Programme. Parliament allocated of Sh1 billion in the current financial year for its roll out.

The internship programme is a government initiative designed to offer the opportunities for young college graduates to acquire and develop professional skills while gaining work experience.

The program targeted holders of Undergraduate Degrees who were expected to have graduated between 2015 and 2019, and disqualifies graduates holding higher academic qualifications and those already employed.

“The internship program does not constitute an offer for employment in the public service other than enhancing their employability chances,” PSC said in a statement on Sunday.

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