Effect of Youth Empowerment in Unemployment Intervention Programmes on Youth Employability in Nakuru County, Kenya

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Published: 2022-02-19

Page: 88-95


Mary Omukhango *

Department of Economic Theory, School of Economics, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

Martin N. Etyang

Department of Economic Theory, School of Economics, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

This study sought to assess the effect of youth empowerment in unemployment intervention programmes on youth employability Nakuru County, Kenya. The study targeted 2 main youth intervention Programmes in Nakuru Town East Sub County; which are the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) and Uwezo fund. The study used primary data collected through well-structured questionnaires. There were two questionnaire sets, for the youth and the other was responded to by the County directors and Project implementers/Coordinators in Nakuru County. Regression analysis was employed to determine the statistical relationship between youth empowerment in unemployment intervention programmes and youth employability. The regression results show that the frequency of funds access and youth employability are positively and significantly related (β=0.373, p=0.000). The results also indicated that training and youth employability are significant and with a positive relationship (β= 0.317, p=0.011). Further, results revealed that years in employment (experience) and youth employability were positively related (β =0.441, p=0.000. The results indicated that holding the number of entrepreneurial trainings, Z2 and the years the youth have been in self-employment, Z3 constant then a unit increase in the number of times the youth have accessed the funds, Z1 will lead to a 0.373 increase in Youth employability. Likewise if Z1 and Z3 are held constant then a unit increase in entrepreneurial trainings for the youth would lead to a 0.317 increase in youth employability. A unit increase in the years the youth have been in self-employment would lead to a 0.441 increase Youth employability if Z1 and Z2 are held constant. In order to enhance youth empowerment in unemployment intervention programmes, the government should endeavor to increase the youth beneficiaries’ entrepreneurship trainings and put more emphasis on the importance of repayment and refinancing in order to achieve positive growth in their businesses.

Keywords: Youth empowerment, unemployment intervention programmes, youth employability and Nakuru County, Kenya


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Omukhango, M., & Etyang, M. N. (2022). Effect of Youth Empowerment in Unemployment Intervention Programmes on Youth Employability in Nakuru County, Kenya. Asian Basic and Applied Research Journal, 4(1), 88–95. Retrieved from https://globalpresshub.com/index.php/ABAARJ/article/view/1455

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