The county government of Uasin Gishu is seeking partnership with top public and private institutions so as to help implement its soon to be unveiled internship program.

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Governor Jackson Mandago says they working to see to it that the institutions within the county absorb youths who will be under the program.

Speaking in Eldoret town on Sunday, Mandago said his administration has already approached several institutions most of which have expressed interest in supporting the initiative.

Under the program, the Mandago-led county government is seeking to place close to 650 youths on paid-internship for various professional courses.

“We want our youths to gain meaningful experience in the areas they have graduated from so that they are not locked out of job opportunities for lack of experience,” Mandago said.

“As a county, we have allocated funds to support this program but we cannot accommodate all the 650 youths in our departments and this is why we are reaching out to other institutions to allow the youths do the internship but the payment bit will be on us,” he added.

Already the internship opportunities have been advertised and interested youths asked to apply.

In the 12-month program, degree graduates will be paid a monthly stipend of Sh13,500, Sh11,500 for the diploma holders and Sh8,500 for those with certificates