The Ministry of Public Service has provided details on how the interested applicants for the upcoming Kenya National Youth Service (NYS) mass recruitment will make an online application before the physical recruitment.
This came after NYS advertised the mass recruitment of servicemen and servicewomen set for February.
Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria revealed on Friday, January 26 that interested candidates are first required to fill an online form provided via the Ministry’s website.
The form, according to the youth service, is a motivator gauge meant to help the youth service recruiters plan better for the upcoming recruitments.
“Are you interested in joining the NYS? Please share your motivator for wanting to join NYS and this info will let us plan better for future recruitments,” reads part of the online form.
In the form, applicants are expected to first fill in personal details including Name, Phone number, Gender, Date of Birth and confirm if they are persons living with disability?
Applicants should also correctly indicate their home county and sub-county which are crucial details for the recruitments.
For education details, applicants are required to fill in the year they sat their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and their level of education.
Furthermore, details about the applicants’ tertiary education are required in the submission.
These include indicating courses one has done before such as plumbing, electrical, masonry, nursing among others.
Lastly, applicants should indicate the reason for wanting to join the service.
Options include joining for Paramilitary training, Service to country, Employment opportunity, Jobs abroad or any other reason behind the motivation.
The service further listed why interested applicants should apply to join the youth service in the upcoming countrywide recruitment.
Why you should join NYS
First, the Youth service assures one of receiving paramilitary and technical training of the highest standards.
Also, according to NYS, 80% of new recruits to the National Police Service and the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) will be drawn from the service.
This will also apply for new recruits to the Kenya Forestry Services (KFS) and the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS).
The statement further noted, “70% of all those who will get jobs abroad will be drawn from current and past NYS Servicemen and women,”
According to the service, NYS Servicemen and women will be deployed for National Service for different types of government jobs.
These include Securing government buildings, construction, engineering, water, Sanitation, Agriculture, Climate Change Mitigation among others.
After filling in the form and submitting, applicants are expected to attend the interviews from 5th to 9th February 2024.
They shall attend the interviews in their respective recruitment centers in the indicated home Subcounty with all the document requirements.
The statement further noted, “Recruitment in the NYS will be done transparently in all Sub County Headquarters. All successful candidates will go home with their admission letters.”
Details for successful applicants will further be pasted at the recruitment center and a public portal for transparency.
The assurance of why interested youths should join the youth service is part of President William Ruto‘s directive.
President Ruto’s Directive
In November 2023, the head of state directed that all trainees from the youth service be given priority during the countrywide military and police recruitments.
Ruto gave the directive while delivering his first State of the Nation Address after assuming office.
“To consolidate this proposition, we have directed that 80% of future recruits to all our national security services will be from among the well-trained, talented and committed young men and women who have undergone training at NYS,” said Ruto.
CS Kuria went on to welcome the Head of State’s directive, adding that it would also help in saving the cost of training the security forces.
“I’m very happy on the pronouncement, particularly on the NYS which is under my ministry that 80% of anybody hoping to join the security forces has to come through the NYS. We are ready to train,” said the CS.