Transcentury Group has today, February 18, 2015 partnered with the Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) to offer a technical training program among engineers in efforts to expand Kenya’s technical base.
The program bench-marked with the local Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy will be rolled out in conjunction with local Technical Training Colleges to identify the industrial skills gap as part of the country’s industrialization agenda.
“This pilot program dubbed Transcentury Technical Training Program (TTTP) will focus on building skills among vocational institution. The programme will include the Transcentury scholarship program which will be merit based to students in Electrical and Electronics, Building and Civil engineering,” Transcentury Group CEO, Dr. Gachao Kiuna said. “There will also be annual internship opportunities across Africa where Transcentury operates to give infrastructure and curriculum development,” Kiuna remarked.
He also added that about 148,000 students go through technical institutions in Kenya annually, compared to 568,000 who graduate from 67 universities in the country.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony in Kiambu, the Groups’ Communications Manager, Phyllis Njeri said the pilot programme will also be rolled out in other counties like Mombasa (Mombasa Technical College), Nakuru (Kenya Industrial Training Institution) and Eldoret (Rift valley Training Institution) in efforts to bridge the industrial skills gap around the country. We are targeting Mombasa as next because of the main infrastructural projects like the SGR and LAPSSET that are coming up as part of the country’s achievement of Kenya’s Vision 2030.
Currently, there are about 790 Technical, Vocational Education and Training Institutions in Kenya, 79 of which are public. In late 2014, the government established the Technical Vocational Educational Training Authority that managed technical training institutions in the country. It also allocated KES 2.5 billion for the construction of technical training institutes in every county which will see about 60 vocational training centers built across the country.
The first phase of the project will cost the Group around KES 20-30 million to start off and will have a great economic impact on their listing at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE).