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KCB’s 2jiajiri plan boosts seafarers for global jobs

A total of 400 youth are set to start their seafarers studies in the maritime industry in a plan financed by the KCB Foundation under the 2Jiajiri programme. The support is worth Kes5.25 million with an additional Kes14 million committed for this year will offset the onboarding and training costs for the beneficiaries. 

Speaking during the flag-off event at Bandari Maritime College in Mombasa County, the Head of KCB Foundation, Caroline Wanjeri underscored KCB’s continued efforts in supporting the youth in the country by equipping them with relevant technical skills to enable them to take advantage of various opportunities in the job market.

“We have a large pool of untapped labour within the Coast region. Our goal, therefore, is to unlock access to seafarer jobs in the international maritime fleet, for our youth and provide bridge finance through joint efforts with KMA and KCB Foundation. We are therefore excited about the prospects of providing opportunities to the young people within this area,” said Head of KCB Foundation Caroline Wanjeri.

“What the government is doing is mobilizing support across various sectors to ensure that they benefit from the vast opportunities within our economy. I am, therefore, delighted to see partners like KCB Foundation who have always come on board to assist us to achieve our youth agenda,” Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said during the ceremony.

The KCB bank loan which will be repaid in nine months will cater for medical examinations and vaccinations, visa application fees, seafarer’s Book (seafarer’s passport), English test, seafarer’s union application, and Certificate of Good Conduct for all the beneficiaries.

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