Workers work at the T-beam factory on section six of Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway project, near Makueni, Kenya, on March 16, 2015. The project, expected to cost 3.8 billion U.S. dollars, involves the construction of about 480 kilometer railway line from the port city Mombasa to the capital city Nairobi. China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) is undertaking the project. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)
Workers work at the T-beam factory on section six of Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway project, near Makueni, Kenya, on March 16, 2015. The project, expected to cost 3.8 billion U.S. dollars, involves the construction of about 480 kilometer railway line from the port city Mombasa to the capital city Nairobi. China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) is undertaking the project. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)

Kenya could experience a jobs’ boom from the mining and construction sectors in the next quarter, a survey released by a HR consultancy firm on Tuesday reveals.

Workers work on a construction site on section six of Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway project, near Makueni, Kenya, on March 16, 2015. The project, expected to cost 3.8 billion U.S. dollars, involves the construction of about 480 kilometer railway line from the port city Mombasa to the capital city Nairobi. China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) is undertaking the project. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)
Workers work on a construction site on section six of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway project, near Makueni, Kenya, on March 16, 2015. The project, expected to cost 3.8 billion U.S. dollars, involves the construction of about 480 kilometer railway line from the port city Mombasa to the capital city Nairobi. China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) is undertaking the project. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)

The survey predicts the mining, construction, manufacturing and transport sectors will experience growth, thanks to huge investments and friendly policy and regulatory environment.
“It is abundantly clear that the mining and construction sectors will tip the scales, generate wealth and jobs for talented young Kenyans. The government should therefore invest in top flight skills to be absorbed in these sectors,” Corporate Staffing Services CEO Perminus Wainaina said.
The Nairobi-based HR consultancy firm carried out the survey between January and February this year to ascertain dynamics in employment across key economic sectors.
According to the survey, the job prospects for young Kenyans are brighter thanks to resurgence of economic sectors like transport, retail, ICT and mining.
Human resources practitioners stated that tertiary institutions must invest in cream courses like engineering, energy and petroleum to enable Kenyan youth secure jobs in the nascent extractive industry.
“It is crucial for academic institutions and industry to pump resources in probation and internship programs that would facilitate graduates to venture into demanding careers in mining and construction sectors,” Wainaina told reporters.
Kenyan employers across key sectors of the economy are head hunting for employees endowed with outstanding technical and soft skills.
Wainaina noted that a stint in community service and virtues like honesty, reliability and empathy are critical ingredients to secure a rewarding career.
“Many employers are strict on academic qualifications but take more interest in a candidate’s ability to take on a task without being supervised. That is why probation is an imperative,” said Wainaina.
He noted that Kenya has made significant headway in the training of technicians to work in mining and construction sectors.
“Several universities have launched a curriculum on oil and gas while the country has a critical mass of engineers to oversee infrastructure projects,” Wainaina told Xinhua. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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