Kenya’s industrialists and a German firm on Wednesday launched a Technical and Vocational Education and Training project aimed at providing technical jobs and economic opportunities for the youth.

Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with German Corporation for International Development (GIZ) launched KAM job site which will act as a direct link between industries and job seeking graduates.
Speaking during the launch, KAM Chairlady Flora Mutahi noted that the job site will provide grounds for industry to meet its much desired skills for growth

“We need to revamp our educational systems to the education needed for the future workforce. Advances in technology have changed the processes of production, as more and more tasks become automated and focus shifts from manual roles,” she said.

Mutahi said the job portal, http://kam.co.ke/tvet/, is the much needed intervention that industry desired to have direct linkage to technical skilled graduates.

“It is also an opportunity for business leaders and industries to collaborate with institutions to grow the employment ratio in the country,” said Mutahi.

“This agreement will allow institutions to offer skills relevant to the labour market. We want to strengthen the economic future and prosperity of our country through our very able and innovative youth population,” she said.

The portal is set to host job opportunities from businesses and industries and targets job seeking graduates from technical institutions.

Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry Labour and Social Protection, Abdul Bahari noted that the mismatch between skills possessed by graduates of training institutions and those demanded by industry is one of key reasons behind the high unemployment rates in the country, especially amongst the youth.

He said manufacturing is one of the pillars in the government’s Big Four Agenda which seeks to increase the manufacturing share of the country’s GDP from 8.4 percent in 2017 to 15 percent by 2022.

He said the ministry is developing a National Internship Policy aimed at building competency by providing practical on-the-job training that integrates education, career development and work experience. Enditem

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