Technical Vocational and Training (TVET) institutes have a received a major boost after the approval of KES5.8 billion by the African Development Bank(AfDB) for the expansion of TVET institutions in Kenya. The project aims to strengthen faculties of engineering and applied sciences in the 33 target TVET institutions and the training of 3,000 youth in relevant skills to increase their employability in the country.
At least 600 Technical Vocational and Training (TVET) tutors will be trained at Diploma and Degree levels in engineering and applied sciences.Also, the project plays a critical role in supporting the emerging oil, gas and mining industry to employ at least 98,000 people over the next ten years. It also aims to increase access and equity, improve quality and relevance of TVET in line with the Kenya Technical Vocational Education and Training Act of 2013.
AfDB has further emphasised that the project will support construction of hostels in some of the target TVET institutions in rural and marginalised regions where it was reported that lack of hostels was a major hindrance for girls’ access to these institutions.
This comes at a time when s the country is experiencing skills mismatch with the labour market needs and inadequate training. This is due to the fact that the country has focused more on humanities- based courses reducing the number of skilled technical workers.
Post-primary and secondary school graduates between the age brackets of 15-30 will undergo apprenticeship programmes and training focused on developing skills in areas such as infrastructure, energy, water and ICT. The first stage of the project began last year.