Nairobi, Wednesday, 5th December 2018…Beneficiaries of the Simba Foundation graduated today after completing technical and entrepreneurial courses under the Simba Foundation Unda Future initiative, exposing them to job opportunities in the country. This is the first batch of beneficiaries under the program launched in March 2017 which seeks to help bridge the skill gap in the automotive industry in the country by providing the youth with training and upskilling opportunities.
Speaking during the graduation, Simba Corporation Executive Director Adil Popat, hailed the program, saying the unique duo training initiatives has empowered the beneficiaries to face the industry.
“Unda Foundation entails a comprehensive training in Automotive Technology and Automobile Body Works Technology and is presented in three levels (grade III, II and I) and examined by National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) at the end of each level. The program targets both girls and boys, our first group had several girls completing the course. Education financing options are available to students from marginalized backgrounds and this makes sure we do not lock any one out of this great opportunity” Said Mr. Popat
The “Unda Future” project was the Simba Foundation’s flagship under the education pillar to provide technical and entrepreneurship skills training to underprivileged youth. The project is run in partnership with The Eastland’s College of Technology and St. Kizito Institute of Vocational Training. The program gives continuing students the opportunity to gain industry experience and on-the-job training through periodic apprenticeships over the 1.5-year course duration giving them a unique opportunity to train and work at the same time.
Simba Foundation has invested over 30 million Kenya Shillings in the Under Future project. So far 47 beneficiaries have completed with more that 150 still undergoing the training that aims to benefit the expansive growing automotive industry in the county.