The institutions of higher learning in Kenya are expected to set up an office of career services by the end of the year, the office’s aim is to improve the quality of training for students and also enhance their chances of success in the workplace and self employment activities.

Education officials in Nairobi warned that regulatory penalties have been put in place for any defiance to this directive by any institution. This move is intended to put higher learning institutions in the country on the the same rank as their global counterparts which have offices meant to empower students to make the right career choices depending on the labour market skills demand.

The career office is expected to team up with other organizations and serve as the intersection between skills, employer market knowledge, innovation, industry and government.

The policy which kicked off this month has seen some of the universities taking up the directive, with CS Education Amina Mohammad saying that the move will see universities and colleges seeking more chances for internship, apprenticeship, training and job opportunities for students.

The office is also expected to provide an avenue to locate the availability of market relevant skills and reinforcement of curricular and training.

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