The National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) held its 8th annual trainers provider forum on April 1, 2015 at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi. The consultative meeting was well attended by members from various industrial training firms such as Safaricom, Egerton University and stakeholders from the Authority. The seminar is an interactive platform for participants to examine sustainability of provision and regulation of training services for a diversified economy.
Themed ‘the place of Industrial training in an industrializing economy’, the forum resonates with the aspirations of Kenya Vision 2030 in enhancing standards, self-regulation, ethical practices and professional growth among training provider. NITA’s mission is to provide quality industrial training for enhanced productivity. In articulating this mission, NITA has specific responsibilities as laid out in the Industrial Training Act 2011, which clearly spreads out the role of NITA in registering and regulating training providers.
Some of the questions that sought answers included, to what extent are we ready to assure balance between productivity and continuous capacity building in doubling top economy workers? Do we have the capacity to predict modern future training opportunities based at the national and regional occupational dynamics? Is it possible to have various training institutions offering corporate social responsibilities that cater for statutory training programmes in an industrializing economy?
“NITA has since 2006 been posting the trainer provider forum. This is usually an empowering, information sharing and interactive platform for participants to examine the sustainability of the provision and regulation of training services for a diversified economy,” remarked Stephen Ogenga, Director, Industrial Training, NITA. “We expect that this training provider’s forum will lead to working together, securing collaborative programmes that are cost effective, creating proposals on customer training solutions to NITA that meet sector specific target and contribute expertise to programme standards,” Ogenga added.
NITA’s commitment to organizing the forum doesn’t only aim at improving and providing service delivery but also to adhere to the provisions of chapter10 of the Kenyan constitution on national values, principles of governance as pertains to democracy and participation of people in the processes that affects them.
Formerly, Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) which transited fully into NITA through Industrial Amendment Act of 2011 was promulgated on November 11, 2011 and became operational on November 14, 2011. The transition into NITA from DIT was a key milestone envisaged under Kenya Vision 2030 Medium Term plan 2008-2012 that guides national development. The Industrial Amendment Act 2011 gives responsibilities of the Authority to regulate private training and trainers among other functions.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Paul Kosgei, Director General, NITA said, “NITA appreciates the crucial role that you the training providers give in ensuring adequate supply of properly trained manpower in all levels of industries in this country. For this reason we want to have amicable relationship with you and play a vital role in addressing training provider needs NITA wants to be a facilitator and not a hindrance to your activity hence our expectations are that you will adhere to the provisions of the law and guidelines that are in place.”
“It is important for our trainers to man programmes that are demand driven, need-based, have value for money and impact on productivity as opposed to those that are supply driven. It is imperative for us to always engage employers in order to ensure that we address their concerns at all times based on their training needs.
On his part, Mr Ali Noor Ismail, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services stated “The role of industrial training in national development is worth noting towards Kenya’s economic growth. Kenya has integrated into a number of global value checks, for example, horticulture, textile, leather and manufacturing but economic and social benefits have been limited due to insufficient linkages into other sectors. Kenya intends to grow and adopt a human resource base to meet the requirements of a rapidly industrialized economy.”
“The industrial trainer provider has to come in handy in provision of relevant knowledge and skills to the public. Continued interaction between the industry and the training providers should yield to demand driven customer base programme which provide solution to skills,” he concluded.
According to the Authority there are 189 registered specialized trainers across the country. NITA has several training centers in Mombasa, Kisumu and its headquarters in Nairobi and has plans to expand its services to other counties.