On Saturday, President William Ruto took the first steps towards realising his vision to export plenty of Kenyans to work abroad after the Ministry of Labour flagged off the first cohort of 500 workers to work in various developed economies.
In a statement, Labour Cabinet Secretary Florence Bore revealed that the 500 migrant workers will work in several countries including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Germany, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“The atmosphere was filled with enthusiasm as the workers eagerly gathered at the National Employment Agency offices in Kasarani, Nairobi, awaiting their departure,” Bore stated.
“It is truly heartwarming to witness these opportunities opening up for these individuals, providing them with a chance to explore new horizons and make a positive impact in their chosen fields.”
The Labour Cabinet Secretary Florence Bore on April 28, 2023.
The 500 migrant workers were flagged off the same day President William Ruto promised to accelerate the absorption of Kenya workers abroad.
Speaking in Western Kenya, Ruto remarked that his administration had negotiated competitive salaries for Kenyans going abroad under the human capital exportation program.
“We have agreed that youth going to work abroad be paid between Ksh150,000 and Ksh200,000,” he remarked.
The Head of State added that Kenya already had a contract to export 2,500 nurses and that number would gradually be increased to 500,000.
Ruto explained that this was part of his vision to ensure that every Kenyan had a decent job.
Those who will not get a chance to travel abroad will be absorbed in digital jobs and take part in the Affordable Housing Project, according to the President.
How to Apply to Work Abroad
Kenyans willing to work abroad are encouraged to log onto the National Employment Authority Integrated Management System by clicking www.neaims.go.ke
Currently, there are over 400 registered companies recruiting Kenyans for jobs abroad.
Some of the jobs available include; spa therapist, lifeguard, plumber, engineer, housemaid, cleaner, truck driver and construction labourers.
President William Ruto speaking at State House, Nairobi during the 10th Inter-Governmental Summit on December 18, 2023.