Kabete Technical Institute and Nyeri National Polytechnic have become the first educational institutions in Kenya to manufacture and export mechanical spare parts to China.
Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i who flagged off the initial shipping consignment of spare parts worthy Ksh10 million at Kabete Technical Training Institute on Friday lauded the development and urged students who had completed secondary education to venture into technical training fields. “Technical courses provided skills that enable one to create or secure employment with ease,” he said.
He said the government will make more allocations to invest in the Technical Vocational and Education system to help meet its development needs.
The CS was flanked by the Principal Secretary for Vocational and Technical Training Dr Dinah Mwinzi, Principal of Kabete TTI, Mr J K Kuria and his Nyeri National Polytechnic counterpart Mrs Anne Mwangi. The Chairman of Board of Management of Kabete TTI Justice (Rtd) Aaron Ringera and Nyeri counterpart Patrick King’oina attended the event.
Dr Matiang’i said the venture will lead to improved entrepreneurship activities among Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates as well as rebrand and improve TVET image, adding that the move may also increase self-employment of TVET graduates and contribute to the improvement of poverty reduction efforts by government.
The mechanical parts will be used in excavators, earthmovers and other plants. Kabete TTI and Nyeri National Polytechnic were the first and second winners of the Africa Tech Challenge (ATC) competition that aimed at encouraging youth to enroll for technical courses, create employment and provide skilled workers for the government and private sector.
The challenge was organized by the Ministry of Education in conjunction with China’s AVIC International Holding Corporation. It was aimed at training Kenyans and equipping them with productive skills for their own development and meeting the national development goals.
“The milestone the two institutes have achieved has taken place at the backdrop an aggressive programme by the Government to revamp Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions across the country,” he said. “The government aim to change the way TVET training is conducted and to bring factory in college concept in public TVET institutions.”
The developments are part of a programme by the Government to revamp Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions across the country and to bring factory in college concept in public TVET institutions.
It has equipped the institutions with mechanical, electrical and electronics equipment while some of the institutions have been given modern prototyping equipment. The students studying at technical institutes in government are exposed to training and equipment similar that qualified craftspeople, artisans, technicians and technologies have in their workplace.