• Placements

    An Alumni of Mtwapa Center working in the Service Department at Hotel having graduated with a certificate in Hospitality.

  • Electrical and Electronics

    Electrical and Electronics Trainees during field learning on Electrical Installations. CAP YEI focuses on Competence Based Education and Training

  • Automobile

    Graduands in Automobile performing repair works in a local garage. They are equipped with both Technical skills and Lifeskills

  • Security

    Security Class from our Mkwanjuni Center during the a graduation ceremony conducting a parade.

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CAP-Youth Empowerment Institute Kenya (YEI) is a non government organization started in 2011 committed, to train youth out of school in job entry level skills. This training is operationalized using the Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) model. CAPYEI is guided by three core objectives:

  • To ensure disadvantaged youth acquire life skills, relevant labor market skills, savings education, and small business development.
  • To facilitate disadvantaged youth access internship and job opportunities during through institutionalized public-private partnership.
  • To ensure youth receive vital pre and post job placement counseling, support, and services including financial as they transition to work..

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Entrepreneurship Training for Alumni

This is the first training program designed specifically for CAP alumni who have chosen to pursue Entrepreneurship as a pathway to earning a livelihood. The program is open to youth who: 1. Are previous alumni of CAPYEI 2. Completed the BEST model training at least six months ago 3....
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January Intake

All our centers across the country opened on 7th January 2019 and enrollment commenced on the same day. We target youth between 18 and 29 yrs of age who have completed secondary education, or dropped out before completing their secondary education.  The youth must come from vulnerable backgrounds and...
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My name is Catherine Marigu, born in Gakwegori Village Embu County. I am a forth born in a family of seven. In 2004 I joined D.E.B Kangaru primary school for my primary education and sat for my K.C.P.E in 2010. Afterwards, I joined St Michael secondary school and later on transferred to Kangaru Day School due to lack of boarding fees. I had to drop out of school to find money to cater for my school fees because my mom was hospitalized. After the struggles I managed to get school fee and went back to school. I finally sat for my K.C.S.E and the performance was not good mainly due to absenteeism and emotional instability. I stayed back at home for one year and later on I got a job as a house help. I worked very hard and my boss was pleased with my work and sponsored me to study computer packages at Patmos Computer College. With the savings I got from my job, I decided to join Walton School to study Hospitality Course but unfortunately I again dropped out when I lost my job.
I stayed at home from 2016 to 2018 when my friend told me about the CAPYEI program after which I visited Embu Center to know more. I met hospitable facilitators who welcomed me and gave me detailed information about CAPYEI. I enrolled for batch 6 on August 2018. We started with life skills training where I learnt about how to improve my self-esteem, how to solve conflicts, how to improve my communication skills and how to make informed decisions. This was followed by a Hospitality course. I learnt a lot from food production, Service, stores, front office and housekeeping. Apart from being a hospitality student, I have acquired skills from Entrepreneur; book keeping, saving, money management, business planning, sales & marketing and basic IT.
After CAP I decided to open my auto spares shop at Githimu market where I started with a capital of Sh10, 000 that I had saved. I sale Motorcycle spare parts and also do basic motorcycle repairs and servicing. My target customers are Boda boda operators. I market my business through word of mouth, social media and posters. I make between Sh15, 000- Sh20, 000 monthly. Currently, I am in the process of stocking my second shop. My main challenge is that I am female and most male customers find it hard to believe in my business and high transport costs. My future plan is to do basic automobile course and later open more shops in order to employ youths in my
Thanks to MasterCard Foundation for bringing such a helpful program to help us as needy youths and also a big thank you to my facilitators for dedication and ensuring I received the best.
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Martha Lochwa, a batch one trainee, an alumni of CAP Lokori Replication center, who has been contracted by techno-serve to provide meals during their trainings. Martha has been providing meals to techno-serve during their trainings for the last one month after she worn the contract despite the competition from other service providers. Martha was able to access funds through the Constituency Development Fund which she used to start her catering venture after training. She is one of our alumnus who have explored the world of entrepreneurship in the functional catering industry in Lokori. She is thankful to CAPYEI for opening up her world and showing her that there are lots of opportunities in Lokori and the larger Turkana County. We celebrate her for her dedication and determination. ...

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My name is Cherotich Sharon, a second born in a family of five children. I attended Kalyet B Primary School for my KCPE and later joined Cheptuiyet Girls High School for my KCSE. After the results, I stayed at home for 6 months waiting my mum to take me to a college but unfortunately she did not manage because she is taking care of the other siblings. I thank God for my cousin who informed me about CAPYEI Kiptere Center which I quickly made up my mind and enrolled. After doing the assessment test, I took Hospitality course for three months after which I was attached at the Green Palace Picnic Site and Resort Hotel for 2months.
After the attachment, I was privileged to be confirmed as a staff and I am currently working as a receptionist earning a decent salary which helps my family as well as cater for my personal needs. I am grateful to CAP Youth Empowerment Institute for the lifetime opportunity. CAP YEI is real as it has brought me from nowhere to somewhere. Thank you so much.
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Today we celebrate Enock Kipkoech, born in 1999 in Kericho County. He was born in a family of 6 and joined Mathew Primary School where he completed his KCPE in 2012.He completed his KCSE from Mengwet Secondary School in the year 2014. He grew up with a lot of challenges especially school fees which was a nightmare to the family. After KCPE, he was forced to repeat Standard eight simply because his parents lacked school fees. While in Form three, he was the head boy of the school which gave him a challenge and potential to know be a great leader. He was also chairperson of the Christian Union. In 2018 I joined CAP Youth Empowerment Institute, Narok Centre and studied Automobile Engineering.
“After joining the institution I learnt life skills which helped me to socialize with my colleagues and the people in the community. In addition, I studied entrepreneurship skills and computer studies. Since I have a lot of interest playing with machines the course was very easy and this made my three months training very smoothly. After completing the training I was attached at Sonlink Motors in NAROK for one and half months. I was trained on different parts of Motorcycle including Power Generation system, Power Transmission system, Motorcycle Electrical system, Motorcycle Service and Engine Overhauling. Since that time my life started to change because I was being given lunch and sometimes transport. After completing the internship I was given a job to work as a technician up to date. I am proud to be a technician since it has helped me to earn my living. I humbly wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to CAP Youth Empowerment Institute and the facilitators for they have molded me into a useful and a productive young person ready to go out and serve the community.
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My name is Brian Mutuma, born in Kaguma village Nduruma location, Meru Central Sub County in Meru County. I am the last born in a family of six. I came to know about CAPYEI through a friend who was a student in batch three; he passed on the good news of CAPYEI to me and I decided to join Kiambu Centre.
Through CAPYEI I have learnt how to communicate with people through life skills and through entrepreneurship I have learnt how to become a great entrepreneur and also how to save money and its importance in one’s life. I have also learnt that I do not need to depend on others to be employed since I can start my own business and be my own boss. Through CAPYEI my self-esteem was enriched.
I have benefited from the entrepreneurship class in ways like making detergents and soaps. Currently I do not buy soaps since I can make them on my own. I use some of the soap while the rest is for sale and as a result it acts as a source of income. I am currently working in Westlands as a beautician.
My future plan is to start my own beauty spa and help fellow youths.
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CAP youth Empowerment Institute implements Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) model through public-private partnerships for its sustainability and scalability. CAP YEI mobilizes and enrolls qualified target of youth by involving grass root government officials, local CBOs, network of youth organizations, youth and community leaders, and religious gatherings. CAP YEI skills training is guided by labor force demand in each area where our training is located as informed by market scan research and revisits.