Kenya’s Engineering students will undergo three more additional years of mandatory training after their university education. This will prepare them for the Job market.This will come into effect when the Engineers’ Board of Kenya (EBK) Implements the proposal to set up a post graduate Engineers’ training institution. Eng. Julius Riungu a member of the Engineers’ Board of Kenya and the immediate former chairperson of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) disclosed this.
He was speaking during University of Nairobi Engineering Students’ Association (ESA) annual dinner held at the Laico Regency. ESA organized the dinner on the evening of Saturday September 27. The proposed program he said would prepare graduates for the increasingly demanding job market. It will also fast track the process of upgrading their status from graduate to professional Engineers.
“There are many graduates who register as graduate engineers but never come back to update their professional status. We currently have about 9,000 registered graduate engineers but more that 7,000 are yet to update their status to professional engineers,” He said. Eng Riungu revealed that EBK was in talks with the legislative arm of the government to secure funding for the project. EBK will implement the project in collaboration with Industry stakeholders. “This training will be important in capacity building. It will bridge the gap between the training institutions and the Industry”, added Eng. Riungu. He further encouraged students to be keen in developing their careers since the Job Market was ripe for them. “The bulk of you are graduating at a time when Kenya is undergoing a very important revolution”, he said.
“The country has made a resolve to upgrade its infrastructure. Not long ago, we concluded Thika Super Highway and now we are discussing the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor, the Standard Gauge Railways and many other projects. We are set to become one of the biggest oil producers in the region. Moreover, we have discovered enormous natural gas and coal deposits in different parts of the country. All these things are meaningless if Engineers do not work on them. We do not anticipate foreign Engineers to do the Job for us,” He said.
Eng. Riungu was the Keynote speaker at the student dinner. Prof. Patts Odira, the School of Engineering Dean at the University of Nairobi attended.