Naivasha Center

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Background Naivasha

Naivasha is a commercial town in Nakuru County of Kenya. It lies northwest of Nairobi and is located on the shores of Lake Naivasha and is situated along the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway. The town has a population of 169,142 according to the 2009 census but this has gone higher since the town is one of the fastest growing towns in Kenya. The main sector industries are agriculture and tourism. Floriculture is the leading agricultural activity in Naivasha after the establishment of the lucrative rose flowers grown in green houses. Others are vegetables and fruits.

Naivasha is also a popular tourist destination with Hell’s Gate National Park, Longonot National Park, Lake Naivasha, and Mt. Longonot as nearby attractions. Tours visit all these places to observe the behaviour of animals and birds, especially flamingos, weaver birds, several species of antelopes, primates, and hippopotamus.

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Naivasha demonstration center was started in January 2013 after successful market scan which established great deficiency of skills among employees in the hospitality and floriculture, the two main economic activities of the area. By then, there was huge demand of workers in these industries but the employers reported that the young people who complete secondary school and seek employment lacked the basic skills to do the job.

CAP YEI established its center at the Maryland Complex where the main office and two classrooms are situated. The students have the opportunity to train theoretically and practically when they visit the real places of work; flower farms hotel and resorts. To date, the centre had enrolled 14 batches of training. Naivasha has already enrolled 315 youth in the second phase, 207 completed training, 76.81% succeeded to be placed in jobs,104 are under internship, and 3.86% started small businesses.


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Documentary - 2016