PSC to Hire 20,000 Interns
On March 31, 2023, President William Ruto made an announcement that the Public Service Commission (PSC) would recruit 20,000 interns in the next cohort. He revealed this during the launch of the Values and Principles Compliance Report in Nairobi.
Ruto stated that the reason for this increase was that many applicants were left out of the current cohort and that it was important for youth who were exiting university to have work experience in public service.
Currently, there are 3,900 individuals who are part of the current cohort out of 31,000 applicants. Ruto noted that this number was not sufficient and that more young people should be given the opportunity to be interns.
He suggested that private companies could partner with the PSC to offer internships to students from public universities. The government would provide tax reliefs to these companies to incentivize them to participate in the programme.
The Public Service Internship Programme (PSIP) is a government initiative that offers opportunities for graduates to acquire and develop valuable technical and professional skills as well as work experience in the Public Service.
The programme runs for twelve months and the latest announcement for cohort V was made on February 22.
President Ruto’s announcement is significant because it highlights the importance of work experience for young people in public service.
Internships provide an opportunity for graduates to apply their skills and knowledge in a real-world setting, gain practical experience, and build professional networks. In addition, it can also help graduates make informed decisions about their future career paths.
The PSIP is an important programme because it provides an avenue for young people to gain valuable experience in the public service. Public service careers are often overlooked by young people, who may view them as less glamorous than careers in the private sector.
However, public service careers are essential for the smooth functioning of society and offer a range of opportunities for professional growth and development.
“The Public Service Internship Programme (PSIP) is a government initiative designed to offer opportunities for graduates to acquire and develop valuable technical and professional skills as well as work experience in the Public Service,” PSC stated during the announcement.
The partnership with private companies is also significant because it can provide additional opportunities for young people.
Private companies have a wealth of resources and expertise that they can bring to the programme, which can enhance the quality of the internship experience.
In addition, private companies can also provide mentorship and networking opportunities for interns, which can be valuable for their professional development.
The tax incentives for private companies are also a positive step. By providing tax relief, the government is encouraging private companies to invest in young people and contribute to their development.
This partnership between the public and private sectors can have a positive impact on the economy by creating a pipeline of skilled and experienced workers who can contribute to the growth of various industries.
President Ruto’s announcement of an increase in the number of interns in the next cohort is a positive step towards addressing the issue of youth unemployment in the country.
The PSIP is an important programme that provides young people with valuable work experience in the public service. The partnership with private companies can enhance the quality of the internship experience and provide additional opportunities for young people.
The tax incentives for private companies are also a positive step towards encouraging private sector participation in the programme. Overall, this announcement is a step in the right direction towards promoting youth employment and development in the country.
PSC to Hire 20,000 Interns