The Kenyan government has made it a mandatory for Kenyans seeking domestic jobs overseas to acquire job specification certificates, certified by government Institutions before they are allowed to move out of the country.
Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Akur Yattani announced that no domestic worker will be allowed out of the country without attaining a one month training of the job they are going to do overseas.
The cabinet secretary has also directed recruitment agencies to ensure recruitment of workers is based on trained personnel for specific jobs to help curb humanitarian abuse overseas.
He said those seeking domestic jobs in the Gulf countries should have certificates from National Industrial Training Authority NITA institutions countrywide.
The mandatory directive according to the labour Cabinet Secretary will help end cases abuse of Kenyans seeking domestic jobs at the gulf countries since they will be skilled enough to serve their masters.
While addressing a media briefing Mombasa,Yattani directed NITA institutions of Athiriver and Mombasa will be the pioneers of the short training programs where domestic workers will be referred by the recruitment agencies to go for the short courses.
“We have made it must a mandatory that those domestic workers will be required to get a one month training on their job specification at NITA in Mombasa and Athi River before they are allowed to move overseas,” said Yatani.
Yatani made the remarks after a ground breaking ceremony of upgrading NITA accompanied by Korean Abassador to Kenya Kwaon Young-Dae who donated a 3.5 Million dollas facelift for the institution.
The mandate of the Authority is to promote the highest standards in the quality and efficiency of industrial training in Kenya and ensure an adequate supply of properly trained manpower at all levels in the industry.
“Many are sent there without even a single knowledge of how a refrigerator looks like, that’s why we want them to atleast having that cultural expectation before they are moved. We have made agreement with respective countries on the remuneration they will be entitled to,” Yattani added.
The government has already signed a bilateral labour agreement with Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are the major markets for low skilled migrant workers.
The MoU regulates the recruitment of Kenyan domestic workers as part of efforts to implement transparent procedures in all phases of the contractual work. The memorandum also includes a cooperation agreement on domestic workers.
The MoU stipulates that an employer has to present an offer that contains detailed information about the rights and duties of the employer and employee, and terms and conditions.
The relevant Kenyan Government body will then ensure that the employee approves of the contractual terms and signs the contract. The offer will contain a work permit application, which will be submitted by the employer to the ministry.