Factors affecting strategic implementation of youth employment policy in Central Division of Narok Norh District
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This study sought to establish the factors that affect strategic implementation of youth employment policy in Kenya with a focus on Central division of Narok North district. The specific objectives of the study were; to examine how education and training, technology, youth participation and credit/capital accessibility affect youth employment policy implementation. The research study adopted a descriptive research design and drew its population of 2840 from the youth in this division. Purposive sampling technique was used to obtain a sample of 72 youth from the active youth groups from this division. The study utilized both primary and secondary data. Secondary data was obtained from existing literature while primary data was collected using questionnaires. Validity and reliability of the research instrument were tested using Cronbach alpha and consultation with the supervisors. Data was analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and presented using tables, charts, and graphs and interpretations were made based on the study objectives. The study findings revealed that; youth education and training affects implementation of youth employment policy. The youth have adequate education and training skills required to secure jobs but there is no proper linkage between education and training skills and the job market. Lack of collateral is a challenge faced by the youth in accessing credit, youth are not aware of all credit facilities offered to assist in fighting poverty and that they lack skills in planning and management of personal budget. It was also revealed that ICT can assist the youth; create jobs, search for jobs and in income generation. Majority of the youth lack ICT skills and others are unable to access technology due to poor infrastructure in the division. There is a gap between the youth and the policy implementers which hinders youth from participating fully in policy implementation. The study recommended that; education and training should match the market demand, microfinance institutions should make their requirements for funding more accommodative and affordable for the youth, the government in cooperation with ICT providers should make the ICT skills and services available in rural areas and at affordable cost. Finally, more youth should be involved in all stages of decision making and youth employment policy implementation processes.