Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya (ACEK) launched the Young Professional Forum on 2nd of October 2015 at the Nairobi Club. The forum is to provide a platform for young engineers to support each other with registration, training and Continuous Professional Developments.The forum is to further provide a podium for the young engineers to be mentored and nurtured by engineers who have been in the industry long enough.
During the launch, it was emphasized that Kenya needs to tap into the engineering sector more for it to achieve its vision 2030 and become an industrialized country. It was also stressed that the country needs young innovative engineers to steer the development projects and also be included on the major mega projects as the Chinese companies.
Speaking during the launch, Eng.James Mwangi, the chairman of ACEK said, “We need to introduce an entrepreneurial aspect to the engineering sector and nurture the young engineers.” He pointed out that the young professionals also need to create jobs for others in the industry and stop over reliance on employment.
The Kenya Private Sector Alliance through the Government of Kenya has also put up steps to address youth employment and capacity building especially with the Chinese invasion.KEPSA Kenya Youth Empowerment Programme Director, Eliud Gachugu said, “we inviting the young professionals to join the empowerment programme.” He further pointed out that the programme will act as a linkage between professionals and the industry in order to enhance capacity building.
Eng.Nicholas Musini, The Engineers Board of Kenya(EBK) registrar applauded the formation of the forum and urged the young engineers to ensure professionalism. The registrar also highlighted that the Engineers Board of Kenya will step up measures to ensure universities are best equipped to ensure proper training of engineers.
The registrar also represented Eng. John Musonik, Principal secretary, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. In Eng. Musonik’s speech that was read to the young engineers, the principal secretary also applauded the formation of the forum. He further emphasised that the role of engineers should be recognized in Kenya. He promised the government’s support to the young engineer and highlighted that the government has also set up a graduate engineering internship programme to equip the engineers with the requisite training to ensure professionalism in the sector.
As Kenya gears towards achieving Vision 2030 and turn the country into a middle income and industrialized country, it needs to pay more attention on the engineering sector. Currently the country is need of 8.000 engineers to steer development in the various sectors.