Kenya is experiencing a skills gap in the number of technicians and artisans with 80 per cent of the population under the age of 35 years unemployed. To tame this challenge, African Development Bank (AfDB) has granted Kenya a loan of KES63m ($62 million) for training in the emerging oil, gas and mining industry.
This project will play an important role in supporting the emerging oil, gas and mining industry, which intends to employ between 42,000 and 98,000 people over the next 10 years. The project aims to increase access and equity, improve quality and relevance of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in line with the Kenya Technical Vocational Education and Training Act of 2013.
It will also strengthen faculties of engineering and applied sciences in 33 target TVET institutions. These include four TVET institutions for hearing and visual impaired students. At least 600 TVET tutors will be trained at diploma and degree levels in engineering and applied sciences.
The project will support training of 3,000 youth (50 per cent female) in relevant skills to increase their employability. The project will also support construction of hostels in some TVET institutions in rural and marginalized regions, where lack of hostels hinders girls’ access to the institutions.
In 2012, Tullow Oil made first oil discovery in Turkana County. Kenya expects its estimate of oil resources to almost double to 1 billion barrels as well-drilling increases and government forges ahead to build an oil export pipeline.