Career Fair "Trained in GermanY" Connects Hundreds of Kenyans to Employers

28.06.18 AHK Kenia - News-Hauptkategorie, Activities

Hundred of Kenyans connected to employers

On 21st June the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK), Alumniportal Deutschland and supported by the German Business Association organized the “Trained in GermanY” Career Fair 2018 at the Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi.

H. E. Jutta Frasch, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kenya inaugurated the exhibition along with Guest of Honor Betty Maina, Principal Secretary, Industrialization, Republic of Kenya. Maren Diale- Schellschmidt, Country Director, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce; Secretary, German Business Association and Sabine Olthof, Project Manager of Alumniportal Deutschland, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH were also present during the ceremony.

Betty Maina, the Principal Secretary for Industrialization of the Republic of Kenya stressed that the world of work has changed, stressing that in her parents’ generation it was still common to work for 40 years in one company. She praised the concept of the exhibition for companies to attract talent, as a skilled workforce is crucial for the development of the Kenyan economy and the achievement of the Big 4 Agenda of the Kenyan Government. The key note speaker Dr. Kamau Gachigi, Director of Gearbox Kenya, shared his insights in Artificial Intelligence, robotics and the question on how technology will transform work and society.

Focusing on the topic “The Future of Work”, this years’ event brought together about 30 exhibitors and more than 550 participants from Kenya and abroad attended the exhibition. The career fair is geared towards bringing together Germany-Alumni and other qualified professionals with German and Kenyan companies and organizations.

With a wide array of speakers and companies from multiple sectors, the dynamic event was organized for everyone about to start their journey in the world of work and gave visitors the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest labor market trends in Kenya. Speakers focussed on future markets such as renewable energy or modern agricultural jobs. Prof. Hamadi Boga, Principal Secretary Agricultural Research, stressed that Kenya is an agricultural society and that jobs between the field to the dinner table have a future. Other panels included the topic of Cultural Entrepreneurship, organised by Goethe-Institut Kenya.

ALUMNIPORTAL DEUTSCHLAND

The Alumniportal Deutschland is a social network designed to promote networking and sharing of information among Germany-Alumni, companies, universities and organisations. It offers its users the opportunity to get in touch with Germany-Alumni from around the world as well as companies in order to discuss specialist issues, develop their skills and benefit from the expertise of others.

THE ALUMNI PROJECT

Behind the Alumniportal Deutschland is a cooperation project headed up by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and involving the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Goethe-Institut. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

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