Business association launches countrywide TVET training

A student at Kisumu Polytechnics undertaking a practical in building and civil department. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: Kenya Association of Manufacturers has launched an education program targeting young people   with an aim of equipping  them with skills and experience necessary to secure employment.

Speaking to journalists during the launch  on Tuesday in Mombasa, (TVET) program coordinator Paul Mburu said the training will  involve industries and technical institutions, who will  play a leading role in equipping the youth with the necessary skills.

”We are keen on seeing how we can improve the employment opportunities for the young people.We are doing that by ensuring that they have opportunities to go and experience in the industry.” Said Mburu.

He added that the program aims at increasing employment and economic opportunities among the young people through placement of young technical skills graduates into the industry, where they will be working with various industries to gain technical experience.

“One of the main reason why unemployment is rampant among young people is because they lack  experience,” he added .

He added that the training will entail a 3 month internship where the interns will paid a sum of 10,000 shillings to cater for transport and insurance and after training they are ready to be absorb in different technical industries.

The training is set to include sensitization of technical institutions of their role in promoting technical skills in the job industry.

He also called on employers to provide training for the job seekers other than waiting to hire them fresh from colleges.

The training which was officially started on January, will run across the country and has already begun in Nairobi.

The program so far has placed 100 graduates in the industries in  Nairobi and they are  looking forward to place 60 graduates from the Coast region to the industry from the month of June and another 500 graduates in the industry by next year.

It is set to cover 6 regions in the country, namely: Nairobi, Machakos, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, and central.

The program targets certificate and diploma graduates who have pursued a technical course.

“We have 10 core skills that we are targeting,electrical installation,electrical instrumentation,mechanical maintenance and technology ,carpentry, welding and metal fabrication,cargo industrial painting and brushing . We also have heavy and light machines machine operations.We are targeting 10 skills we are working on as we are keen promoting industrialization in the country from the industry perspective,” said Mburu.

Paul added that the training will go hand in hand with mentor-ship program,they will also be equipped with communication  and leadership skills.

“We are keen on mentorship and ensure that mentorship happens within the industry and that young people are properly recognized as productive workforce in the industry and working with them to ensure there no cases of harassment.” Added Paul.

The education program is in partnership with  German Corporation for International Development (GIZ)