Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with German Corporation for International Development (GIZ) have launched a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) project aimed to provide technical jobs and economic opportunities for Kenyan youth.

Speaking during the launch, the Principal Secretary of Vocational and Technical Training, Dr. Dinah Mwinzi stated that the government is keen on working with industry to meet skills-based demand. “The TVET policy, which is based on National development agenda and in particular vision 2030, is focusing on providing skills that meet the workplace as well as self-employment,” she added.

There is an increasing demand for skilled workers in industries in Kenya with demand for improved quality of goods and services that meet international investor standards. The project will address the need for review of the technical and vocational curriculum and consequently improve job productivity in the country.

KAM Chairlady Ms. Flora Mutahi stated that human capital investment is key to Kenya’s transition to a higher middle-income economy. “This agreement will allow institutions to offer skills relevant to the labour market. We want to strengthen the economic future and prosperity of our country through our very able and innovative youth population,” said Ms. Mutahi.

GIZ Team Leader, Kenya (Employment and skills for Eastern Africa) Ms. Aregash Asegaw, expressed her support to the project. “GIZ is promoting youth employment through collaboration with companies such as KAM for sustainable development. Our goal is to have graduates that can meet workplace demand,” added Ms. Asegaw.

KAM is committed to addressing the gap in the system by working together with technical training institutions and the manufacturing industries in ensuring that skills’ training is demand driven. “I am glad that industries such as Mutsimoto Company Ltd., Capwell Industries, Kevian Kenya, Mabati Rolling Mills, Osho Chemicals and East African Cables have committed to take up interns and upgrade employees’ technical skills,” concluded Ms. Mutahi.

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