vocational training center
vocational training center

Kenya has started establishing an additional three institutions that are part of a reform in technical vocational education training (TVET) in the country, an official said on Thursday.

Kevit Desai, principal secretary for State Department of Vocational and Technical Training, said that so far five TVET centers have been opened at the cost of 7 billion Kenya shillings (70 million U.S dollars).

He said that the centers are set to specialize on textiles, road construction, renewable energy, automotive body building, automotive assembly and food processing.

“This is a shift from the earlier training curriculum that concentrated in carpentry, masonry, tailoring and motor vehicle mechanics,” said Desai.

He said that the government plans to spend 640,000 U.S. dollars to help upgrade the vocational training centers in the country and create employment opportunities to the youth.

Desai said that Kenya and other African countries stand to benefit from youth’s competency only when this critical demographic is empowered with skills.

“The energy of youth in the continent is enormous but it may be of no use if they are not empowered to help create employment for themselves and also employers,” said the official.

Desai said there are ongoing reforms in his department aimed at promoting competence-based education that fosters entrepreneurship and self-reliance among the youth.

He said that 180,000 youths have enrolled in the vocational training institutions.

Desai attributed the increase in enrolment to the introduction of demand driven courses as opposed to the ones that have no relevance in the current job market. Enditem

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