Courtesy of Dhahabu Kenya
Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with German Corporation for International Development (GIZ) launched a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) project aimed to provide technical jobs and economic opportunities for Kenyan youth.
Speaking during the launch, the Principal Secretary of Vocational and Technical Training, Dr. Dinah Mwinzi stated that the government is keen on working with industry to meet skills-based demand. “The TVET policy which is based on National development agenda and in particular vision 2030, is focusing on providing skills that meet the workplace as well as self-employment,” she said.
The project is premised on reality that there is an increasing demand for skilled workers in industries in Kenya with demand for improved quality of goods and services that meet international investor standards. The project is meant to address the need for review of the technical and vocational curriculum and consequently improve job productivity in the country.
KAM Chairlady Ms. Flora Mutahi stated that human capital investment is key to Kenya’s transition to a higher middle-income economy. She hailed the deal as key to offering relevant skills to the labor market. “We want to strengthen the economic future and prosperity of our country through our very able and innovative youth population,” said Ms. Mutahi.
GIZ Team Leader, Kenya (Employment and skills for Eastern Africa) Ms. Aregash Asegaw, expressed her support to the project. She said that the goal is to have graduates who can meet workplace demand.
Ms. Mutahi added that companies such as Mutsimoto Company Ltd., Capwell Industries, Kevian Kenya, Mabati Rolling Mills, Osho Chemicals and East African Cables have already committed to take up interns and upgrade employees’ technical skills.