BrighterMonday Kenya has bagged the Best Youth Employment Strategies 2023 award during the National Diversity and Inclusion Awards & Recognition (DIAR Awards).
The award was received at the Sarit Center Expo, amid heavy competition from other industry players and organizations that are heavily investing and leveraging on impact initiatives for growth and sustainability.
The National Diversity and Inclusion Awards & Recognition (DIAR Awards), recognized employers, institutions, organizations, and individuals who champion Diversity and promote Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB), in the workplace and society such as Safaricom, Kenya Pipeline, Kenya Reinsurance, KenGen, NCBA among other corporations.
The awards initiatives were instituted more than five years ago by Daima Trust, and it has contributed immensely to the achievement of inclusive growth and inclusive and sustainable development in Kenya.
The recruitment industry in Kenya boasts of having different players who have come up with different initiatives and solutions for youth unemployment. Big organizations and corporates, with similar goals as BrighterMonday Kenya, however, partner with us to improve the state of unemployment through job-matching practices and initiatives, by connecting job seekers and employers.
BrighterMonday Kenya CEO Chris Otundo, says that by empowering and supporting young people from all backgrounds, the firm can drive positive change and build a brighter future for generations to come.
“BrighterMonday Kenya is proud to be recognized for our efforts in creating innovative and inclusive youth employment strategies. We firmly believe that diversity and inclusion are not only moral imperatives but also essential components for creating a thriving and equitable workforce,” said Otundo.
In Kenya, unemployment remains at a steady high with data from the Worldbank Data in 2022 showing that it grew from 2.8 percent in 2016 to 5.7 percent in 2020 and 2021.
Data also indicates that over 20 percent of young people aged 15-24 years are unemployed.
This is due to various factors, including a mismatch between the skills possessed by job seekers and those demanded by employers, a lack of job opportunities, and inadequate education and training.
Unemployment is particularly acute in urban areas, where the cost of living is higher, and competition for jobs is more intense.
The brand is currently running projects in Nairobi and Western Kenya to create employment opportunities for the youth.
Despite being a matching platform, the brand has ventured into other different pillars under a renewed mandate to tackle offline or hybrid recruitment solutions, and BPO outsourcing to tap into the African market and bridge the talent gap with a 360-degree solution.
The brand interacts with over 40,000 Employers on its online platform and places over 1600 talents in various roles every month.
With a seeker audience of over 800,000 candidates, the firm is currently the leading recruitment portal in Kenya in addition to being part of The African Talent Company (TATC).
TATC is a group of pan-African businesses working together to solve the talent gap in Africa with unique, home-grown solutions.