NYS Recruitment: What Job Seekers Need To Know

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The National Youth Service (NYS) has been actively recruiting young Kenyans in its ranks since it was relaunched in 2014. In 2013, the government restructured the service, which was once active and compulsory before the 1980s, in order to create employment for young men and women as well as equip them with skills that would make them employable.

The NYS is under the ministry of devolution and planning and aims at enlisting a total of 21,870 young people every year. The recruitment is done biannually with each phase enrolling 10,935 recruits from across the country. The number of recruits is spread across all the 47 counties with each county being allocated a specific number of slots according to population size. The mobilisation is done on a voluntary basis and targets young people between the age of 18 and 25.

Under the new model, the NYS is built on 4 key pillars which include:

  1. Social transformation and vocational training
  2. National youth service and youth re-socialisation
  3. Enterprise and youth economy
  4. Paramilitary training and service regimentation

The remodelling of the NYS is guided by a 5-point vision which is meant to transform the country as well as the lives of the young people involved. The points include:

  1. Road and dam construction. The NYS endeavours to construct at least 1,100 dams per year, 45 manual roads and 10 mechanised road units
  2. Traffic and security martials. Recruits will be trained in handling security issues and thereafter help the police in controlling traffic and overseeing security.
  3. Paramilitary training and service regimentation
  4. Slum civil works. The trainees are be involved in slum upgrading projects and clean up.
  5. National service and youth resocialization

How it works

National Youth Service

The NYS takes its recruits through a 7-month vocational training in the following 8 schools:

  1. School of engineering
  2. School of construction
  3. School of agribusiness
  4. School of enterprise and technology
  5. School of oil and gas
  6. School of public duty
  7. School of hospitality
  8. School of fashion and design

NYS organises the trainees into SACCOs where they save 30% of their daily wages when undertaking development projects. Additionally, recruits are helped in forming Self Employment Promotion Units (SEPUs), which they can use, as well as their SACCO savings, to start businesses. With the skills gained, the youth can get additional funding from government institutions such as the Youth Enterprise Development Fund, UWEZO, and Women Enterprise Fund. As a young entrepreneur, you also stand a chance to get government tenders which are allocated to the youth and women.

To be a successful candidate, you need to have the following basic requirements:

  1. Be a Kenyan citizen aged between 18-22
  2. Be a resident of the preferred sub-county
  3. Have scored at least a D+ in KCSE
  4. Have scored at least a D+ in English
  5. Not pregnant
  6. Possess a valid certificate of good conduct
  7. Have an original Kenyan ID

Successful candidates undergo a basic paramilitary training at the NYS College located in Gilgil before being deployed to various counties to implement government projects in line with the 4 pillars of the NYS.

Recruitment drives are announced through county offices, national newspapers and recruitment portals.

 

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    • Hi Bernad,
      Thank you for writing to us.
      Recruitment is usually announced through county offices, national newspapers and recruitment portals so can find the information there.

      ^TM

  1. After vocational, why are they leaving trained young youth that can exercise there skills in those projects

    • Hi Bernard,
      Thank you for reading.
      If you read clearly, once trained you will be deployed to various counties to do government projects inline with the 4 pillars.

      ^TM

  2. Why don’t they get the trained and skilled youth from there collages in those projects to elmentor their juniors

    • Hi Bernard,
      We appreciate you sharing your sentiments and just for the purpose of clarity, the recruiters have indicated those qualified for training have to be of the age between 18-22 so that would mean for the juniors likely it wouldn’t work for them because they would be forced to wait and the skills they can only attain in the training institute.

      ^TM

  3. hae am jose,student at Kreston college….i never accomplished my career due to fees arrears am now seeking if i can get somewhere to work as a hotelia,kindly consider ma application.

  4. Hi. I’m Paul(20years) and I cleared form four last year. I was set to join university this month but due to unavoidable circumstances I can’t join. I wanted to know whether if I join THE NYS and manage to graduate whether I can join the army or cadet successfully? I hear every year NYS recruits join the army.

    Thanks you.

    • Hi Paul,
      Thank you for writing to us.
      Our advice is that you give priority,to your education because that is what you initially wanted to do especially if your grades confirms to it and with Nys, you can pursue a course that you are passionate about within the institution. Once you have graduated, then you can join the army because there are more chances if one has graduated from the institution. All the best.

      ^TM

    • Hi Charles,
      The intake is usually twice a year but you can regularly be checking in the internet or newspapers to get full information when it commences.

      ^TM

    • Hi David,
      Thank you for contacting us .

      However, we may not be in a position to know about their paying structure. We’d advice you to consult the them if you successfully join. Thank you and all the best from team BrighterMonday Kenya.^AN

    • Hi Mark,
      You can join NYS immediately your O level results are out. They usually have intake periods. We’d advice you to visit their website for more details on the requirements needed. ^AN

    • Hi Mary
      Thank you for contacting us.

      To join the National Youth Service College, NYS College, applicants should be between 18 and 22 years of age, have scored at least D+ in KCSE, a D+ in English and be unmarried.

      The successful applicants undergo five to seven months’ basic
      training at the NYS College in Gilgil. ^AN

    • Hi Mary,
      To join the National Youth Service College, NYS College, applicants should be between 18 and 22 years of age, have scored at least D+ in KCSE, a D+ in English and be unmarried.

      Hope this will guide you in the decision you take for your career. ^AN

    • Hi Brenda,
      To join the National Youth Service College, NYS College, you should be between 18 and 22 years of age and scored at least D+ in KCSE, a D+ in English and unmarried.

      If you are successful shortlisted, you will undergo five to seven months’ basic training at the NYS College in Gilgil.

      If you have the above requirements, check out on their next recruitment on their website and apply. ^AN

    • Hi Zablon,
      The NYS will always have something to offer.
      Please check their website for more information.
      ^EK

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