Empowering youth with prerequisite interviewing skills for success

Initial vocational education and training
Swisscontact has hosted an Interview Coaching Workshop for potential apprentices of the PropelA dual apprenticeship programme to prepare them for the interview process with future employers.

PropelA is an employer-led project that focuses on training individuals in the plumbing and electrical installation trade through a combination of on-the-job training in companies and theoretical learning in vocational schools. This means that apprentices undergo an interviewing process after which they are hired by the companies with a two-year contract that allows them in a month to attend theoretical training at the vocational school (for one week) and on-the-job training at their companies (for three weeks).  

Given that this project targets youth aged 18-30 years who have not experienced the job interview process, the project team is facilitating an interview coaching session, which empowers them with the skills and confidence to attend the interviews.  

The Session Overview:

The interview coaching sessions attracted over 400 potential plumbing and electrical apprentices who attended the workshop at the Don Bosco Boys Technical Institute (DBBTI) in Nairobi, Kenya. A variety of topics were covered during the session:

  • How to prepare for different types of interview questions
  • How to develop and deliver strong answers while showing the value one brings
  • How to dress professionally and make a good first impression.
  • How to manage nerves and be confident during the interview process
  • The importance of mastering soft skills for an interview and the workplace
"This was quite a productive session. Even if I don’t get into the PropelA programme, I am positive that what I have learned today from this session will still help me with future opportunities."
Julius Maina, potential Electrical Apprentice

A solution for Kenyan youth unemployment

Swisscontact is proud to be part of the solution in addressing the high rate of Kenyan youth unemployment through the PropelA project. Empowering youth through education and skills development is crucial for success in the job market and in shaping future leaders.


This project is financed by the Hilti Foundation. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA. 

Initial vocational education and training
Building skills for young plumbers and electricians through dual apprenticeship training (PropelA)
The PropelA project seeks to introduce a dual apprenticeship model driven by employers for the construction industry in Kenya and beyond, starting with plumbers and electricians.