Youth Employability Skills

Many at times the youth are told that they do not have employability skills, let me share my thoughts on this topic.

What is Employability?
It is the packaging and capacity building of oneself with skills to be productive to him/her and to society. It is about what you can do for yourself today for a better tomorrow in employment or entrepreneurship. It is involves building one’s skills and capacity to identify and tap Income Opportunities but not only jobs. Employability is simply being WORK READY.

Employability skills are skills that make one so reliable, relevant and useful in the daily business processes. These skills are useful in general life, personal development, formal employment and in entrepreneurship. They make one Empowered: “Empowerment is building ones capacity to have options, see options and create options to address challenges” Kelvin Keya

These skills are hardly taught in a classroom set up but harnessed through experience and practice. Some of the skills include Communication skills, Team building/work skills, Problem solving/ Leadership skills, Initiative and Enterprise skills, Planning and Organizational skills, Self -management skills, Learning skills, Technology and related skills, Self -belief /Confidence skills, Change management skills, Financial Literacy skills and Time management skills

Some pathways to employability

1. Active citizenship – Being aware, being involved and contributing to your community development. (For example being a champion of devolution or good governance in the county)

2. Volunteering – Giving yourself, your time, your skills and knowledge to the society without expecting any monetary gains. It can be in your church, to the mama mboga, in an NGO, your county government or in your village. There are exponential opportunities for volunteering for the youth right from their neighborhoods.

3. Internship or Apprenticeship – Serving in an organization in a learning or incubate capacity. Let the youth seek or take up unpaid internships for learning and experience purposes.

4. Risking out or being a GO-GETTER – Until you show up, no one can know that you exist, that you are knowledgeable or gifted. You have a speaking, writing, singing, sports talent etc, just step out and show yourself to the world. Be bold to apply for that job advertisement, give it your best at interview. Start that business!

5. Expose yourself to information – through reading, travelling, engaging in exchange programs, networking forums and keep contact with the networks. Build your net worth such that when someone needs a consultant or a business service they only think of you.

Opportunities for employability in Kenya
1. SME (Small and Micro Enterprises) – Research shows that 80% of jobs will and come from the private sector. It is prudent to focus our energy, time and skills to commercialize our skills in this sector.
2. Agriculture and Agribusiness – It is said that you may need a lawyer, a doctor an engineer once in a year but you need a farmer at least twice in a day if not all the time. This means that we have more opportunities for employability in agriculture yet the farming age is said to be 60 years. Who will provide the food for us youth?

3. White collar jobs – they are continuously dwindling but are available for those with skills that match with market demands.

4. Sports, art and culture – Time has come for us to commercialize and invest in art. We have many examples of those earning a living from art and entertainment like those on the Churchill show.

5. Technology space – We now have online writers, ICT consultants, App developers and technology solution to societal problems. There are amazing and untapped challenges in this space, the E-commerce.

6. Tenders and supplies – Let the youth be encouraged to register companies to engage in business with national and county governments, schools etc. It is doable as a good number of youth who have tried this are making it.

Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship

Entrepreneurship is choosing part of your life to live and do things like most people will not and later spend the rest of your life like most people cannot. It is choosing a path less followed.
Intrapreneurship is the ability to exercise entrepreneurship principles in daily approaches or responsibilities. Today most institutions look for and hire entrepreneurs in employees.
An Entrepreneur is any individual, who identifies or sees societal problems and goes ahead to provide solutions to the problems. As they solve the problems they get value for their effort on providing the solutions. Good employees are solution oriented and problem solvers, thus one must build their capacity with entrepreneurial spirit to stand out and be valuable to be hired.

Young people must stop waiting to be spoon fed and step out to challenge themselves to be employable. No work or employability opportunity will come to us while watching soaps on television or while at parties. There is too much work to do when we decide to work.

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Credit: written by Kelvin Keya

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Skill Up & Plus One Talent Boot Camp Training

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) is a non-governmental initiative registered under the societies, that seek to empower young people to use the acquired skills and talent for prosperity. The platforms connect professionals, students, innovators, artist, etc. through building a creative economy using Skill Up and Plus One Talent program.

How many times have you switched your career? Do you know your career choice makes your acquired skills or knowledge relevant or irrelevant?

Some of the things we learn, especially in school doesn’t mean we will use them all. Our knowledge bank is full of savings waiting for the next explorations to become who want. Through informed and proactive approach we shall reach at the level of our unique self with a defined purpose instead of copying what other people are doing without understanding the WHY is our journey.

Many youth has been trapped in the puzzle of not knowing how to discover their full potential through talents and skills acquired, leaving many to succumb into the pressure of life without defining how success looks like. At Wilsen Initiative (WI) we use our experiential program to unlock the youth potential through self discovery, guided by an approach that will promote quality learning and lifelong learning.

Skill-up training boot camp

We conduct master classes in: – Business skills, Soft skills, Digital Marketing, Technical Skills, Web Development and Graphic Design, Team Building, Personal Branding, Painting classes, Financial literacy, Blogging, Photography and Internet Research. Our facilitators are passionate practitioners with good understanding of the market trends as users and innovators.

Skill UP Master Classes & Plus One Talent:- Offering 21st century skills training using eight approaches;

  1. Problem solving
  2. Design Thinking
  3. Participatory learning
  4. Case studies
  5. Interactive learning
  6. Collaboration and teamwork.
  7. Creativity and imagination
  8. Critical thinking.

Skill UP – Boot Camps / Master Classes

We target young people who have finished their secondary, college education ready for the job market and pursuing further education. “Ready To Work”. We also work closely with young people currently in school offering multimedia skills, personal branding and career guidance courses.

Plus One Talent. – Doors Of Expression

We offer painting sessions, games and life-skills training for class 1-8 pupils (6 years – 14 years). The main goal of the program is to develop both the mindset and skill set at an early age that would also form a great value system of how to become better citizens. We tackle topics like leadership, peace building, team work in the most creative ways using music, painting and games. We provoke new value systems (empathy, courage, teamwork etc) starting with inside out approach, this is a platform of expression that will lead to positive self esteem of young people.

We call up well wishers to join us in the journey of transferring skills to the next generations. There are three ways you can be part of the journey.

1. Organize with us a session (Co-hosting) :- Link us with a group that would be ideal for the skillUP or Plus One Talent training.

2. Donate your time and skill in conducting a session ( Master Class Tutor) :- Facilitate some of the mentioned modules as a master trainer.

3. Sponsor a session by paying / donating for space, material and other logistic for a group to be trained.

Skill-UP Boot Camp Training

The cost of learning new skills at the institution is still high, leaving many young people from disadvantaged background to wonder where to start. Many are left out either because of cost or they can’t meet the selection criteria. At Wilsen Initiative (Wi) we offer quality short trainings that wouldn’t be a means to an end, but start up journey that will ignite a new beginning in self learning using available resources, especially the internet.

“ Passion and talent isn’t enough, you need to continually sharpen your skills.” Wilson Masaka, Founder Wilsen Initiative

Skill-up training boot camp
Who Can Participate?

  • Creative entrepreneurs who want to hit the ground running after college.
  • Youth groups who want to be able to represent their personal brand in a more better and professional ways.
  • Schools that want to engage their students in creative approach and thinking using computers and painting sessions.
  • Self-starters pursuing a career in the creative industry (Musicians, comedians, painters etc.).

What We Offer

We offer short courses in Photography, Social Media Marketing, Content Creation, Blogging, Basic Graphic Design, Business model canvas, Soft skills, Branding, Creative Writing, Financial literacy, Painting sessions and Internet Research.

How Much and Number of people?

  • We train a minimum of 10 people to a maximum of 30 people in a session.
  • Minimum session: 3 days for the module offered.
  • Any customized session: A time frame and charges will be given.
  • Each session : Kes 300 per person

When & Where?

Sessions will take place at the client’s premise or at an arranged location with the client. The client is responsible for space, training materials, internet connectivity, computers and other logistics for the participants.

Contact us on:-
info@wilsenx.com or
wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Walking the Dream, Turning a Moment into a Concept

We take the opportunity to learn more about our founder and his journey in founding Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) which started from a moment where there was a need to engage further into soccer activities especially during the festive holiday. Below is the one on one interview during the finals of the 6th edition of MNFSS Tournament which ended on 1st January 2018;

Mr. Wilson Masaka addressing the players and the officials before the kick-off . He encouraged fair play and unity of purpose.

Mr. Wilson Masaka addressing the players and the officials before the kick-off . He encouraged fair play and unity of purpose.

Tell us about yourself

“My name is Wilson Masaka, I have a lot of aka’s which cut across many experiences in my journey both as a coach, community leader, IT expert and former soccer player. Some call me Gambino, Gambrez, Wilsen, Maja and the list continues. I’m a web designer / developer and photographer, when I’m not doing all this I love serving my community in different aspects especially activities to do with grassroots soccer. I have a blog which is http://www.wilsenx.blogspot.com where you can find more about me.”

What inspired you to start Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament?

“The idea of the tournament came about after noticing that during the festive season, especially between November to December there wasn’t any soccer tournament in our neighborhood, most of us either participated or went to watch other tournaments outside our neighborhood. This called for the quick action to start a local tournament to address the need whilst to promote the local talent and avoid indulging in unnecessary activities. The first edition was in 2012 with only 8 teams participate in a resource constrained environment.”

What is the main goal of the tournament?

“The main aim of the tournament is to bridge the gap during the festive season where many young people are vulnerable to either over indulging or starting new behavior that would cut short their dreams. Through the tournament we seek to promote competitive play, build new networks, foster peace and unity amongst people of diverse backgrounds and encouraging everlasting friendship. The indirect impact is felt at the community level who come to support the youngsters grow further in an environment that support soccer.”

Who is the tournament sponsor?

“Currently we don’t have any sponsorship, we rely on the goodwill of our teams by paying a minimal registration fee that can help with logistics and prize for the winner and the 1st runners up. On the administration, communication and other logistic we work with volunteers. I work as volunteer taking the lead role as the tournament coordinator.”

What type of support would you like to have?

“ We would like to have sponsorship for kits for participating teams, first aid kit, balls, funds for officiating, publicity, especially video, awards during the finals, awarding best players and top scorers etc. Football clinics especially for the grassroots soccer players and coaches.”

What was special about the 6th edition of the MNFS Soccer Tournament?

“The 6th edition had 16 teams participating and all the matches were well attended by both referees, players and spectators. The tournament came just after a hotly contest political environment and many were skeptical of its success and in some instance we had to make the fixtures considering the political environment experienced. It was the most covered on social media and a good photo-documentary of the best moments.”

How is the tournament designed (concept)?

“We have two levels of the tournament; namely the senior level, which is an open age (anyone can play) and the junior level (U12 and U14). For the senior levels, there is a registration fee and for the junior level no registration fee is required. We aren’t able to run the U12 and U14 consecutively because the model fully depends on sponsorship of the activities from a donor or any well wisher/s. All the tournament is played during the holiday especially Easter holiday and Christmas to New years eve.”

In conclusion

“We continue to be part of the journey as a team in realizing our vision of a society of self-confident young people who inspire positive change using their talents and skills for prosperity and soccer is one of our vehicles.”

Feel free to contact us on info@wilsenx.com or you can contact Wilson directly on wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Interview by;
Lawrence Jato

Our Learning to Learn Philosophy (L2L)

Defining the 4W’s and H as used in our learning to learn at Wilsen Initiative (Wi);

  1. Why should I learn the skill or technology.
  2. What do I need to read or do which is a must know.
  3. When can I use the skills for personal growth or other impact.
  4. Who else might be interested in the particular skill for networking, partnership or employment.
  5. How can I develop a product using the skills acquired.

The gaps we seek to address;

  1. How how can we ensure that youth stay relevant and maintain their values in this world of technological disruption?
  2. How can we create an ecosystem of informed users?
  3. How can young people be engaged through the use of their mobile phone as a platform for learning and positive content production?
  4. How can we the reach unskilled youth through the use of simple tools and technology?
  5. How we intend to help the youth bridge the digital gap.

We organize boot camps that enable interaction between young people and expert groups discover different ways of learning in narrowing the emerging gaps is the society either caused by technological disruption or how we engage as people while also encouraging being positive producers of content than just being a sponge that consume any information.

Our goals are;

  1. To demystify how we learn, learn to learn.
  2. To create a knowledge sharing platform with experts.
  3. To learn beyond the class room.
  4. To promote lifelong learning.

Read more on www.wilsen-initiative.org

Maji Mazuri Bootcamp On Personal Branding and Entrepreneurship

It was a great privilege to have worked with the Maji Mazuri youth group on the three sessions which majorly focused on personal branding and entrepreneurship. Our mission at Wilsen Initiative (Wi) is to create a collaborative culture of learning that inspire the youth to explore more about themselves in shaping a brighter future. We urge the the youth to learn more about personal branding and entrepreneurship which is paramount in the success of their careers.

“Youths are in need of comprehensive training that challenge them to do more and think more on solutions to tackle emerging trends and needs.” Founder Wi, Wilson Masaka

As an entrepreneur one get a chance to learn how to be financially literate, become a problem-solver, value driven, progressive learner, team player just to mention but a few. This is a road many of us are afraid to start even though it isn’t cut for everyone, we all have a chance of learning a thing or two which will be beneficial to our chosen profession.

Session notes at Maji Mazuri;

  • Day 1: Personal branding and introduction of business model canvas.
  • Day 2: 5 P’s of marketing (People, Price, Place, Product and Promotion) and group business model canvas.
  • Day 3: Fundraising for your business and pricing strategies.
Giving lectures on personal branding at Maji Mazuri

Giving lectures on personal branding at Maji Mazuri

Group assignment, participatory learning approach!

Group assignment, participatory learning approach!

Group assignment, participatory learning approach!

Group assignment, participatory learning approach!

Connect with the Wi. experience The boot-camps are ideal for youth groups who are aspiring entrepreneurs and artists in any of the following fields; SME, photography, graphic design, music, blogging, social media, dance, creative writing, visual arts and short documentary videos. We help young people to jump start their learning curve to the right direction using the Wilsen experience of inspiration, connectivity and education.

Our Team: We are a team of individuals with multiple experience in the creative sector with many years of experience spanning from 10+ years, loving what we do and are ready to create a community around the same career and beyond.

What we offer, • Business model canvas • Internet tools • Visual Arts • Blogging • Photography • Content creation • Creative writing • DIY tools • Brand identity • Graphic and web design Venue: Option One: We come to you. Option Two: We organize for the venue.

Our goals;

  • Demystify how we learn, learn to learn
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  • Knowledge sharing with experts
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  • Learning beyond the class room

Big Ending, Great Beginning 2017 – Mathare North Soccer Tournament

#HappyNewYear It was a great closure for 2016 and a great opener for 2017. On 1st January 2017 we played the finals of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) 5th edition organized by @Wilsen initiative and youth in the community championing soccer activities. There was a total of 14 teams playing in a league match format and the top four teams went through to quarter finals. Santos F.C vs. Metro Youth reached the finals of 2016 – 2017 where Santos F.C won 1-0 .

The aim of the tournament is to bring the community together especially during festive season where high rate of crime, drug and alcohol abuse are reported. We create this platform so that youth may be free from drugs, crime and alcohol abuse but exploit their soccer talents towards the new season. Generally we put our energies into positive causes that will eventual foster peaceful coexisting of people of different backgrounds, tribes, values etc.

Sports isn’t an exception when it comes to peace building. We want to thanks all the teams, our loyal community fans, coaches, young organizers etc for making the tournament a success. Thanks to Wilsen Initiative and The Pollination Project for the support.