Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) has announced that it will undertake a nationalized census in all TVET institutions before end of year for easier quality assurances and compliance requirements.
This was made official during the opening of the first edition of TVET national conference and skills show at KICC. The three day event seeks to engage in debate and encourage private sector involvement through partnerships, discuss policies that will boost TVET education, rebranding and making the sector more attractive.
At the conference, Principal Secretary, Vocational and Technical Training, Dr. Dinah Mwinzi said “In order to achieve a global competitive vocational and technical training programme for youth employability and contribute to national development goals, the Ministry of Education through the State Department of Vocational and Technical Training is strengthening skills development.”
Mwinzi also made a presentation on how TVET has been reformed. She outlined the rationale for reforms, challenges, current status of TVET reforms and partners. Additionally, there is a common mentality among parents and students that TVET are the last option if one fails or is unable to afford university education.
“For TVET to be seen an alternative academic pathway, there is need for policy intervention geared towards filling skills gap identified by industry and also making TVET more relevant to the youth whilst increasing their employability upon graduation, she observed.”
On the other part, Chairman of the Permanent Working Group(PWG) on TVET, Dr. Kevit Desai called on all stakeholders to work together to ensure that the requirements from industry and private sector are systematically linked to key elements of Occupation Standards, Curriculum and Training pedagogies.
“In a bid to address issues of quality, relevance, equity and access in TVET, a joint commitment not only from government but a joint responsibility of all TVET stakeholders to address national requirements of standards, curricula, access to infrastructure for training and financing of TVETs and other requirements need to be emphasized,” stated Desai.
PWG is a national structure formed with assistance of Ambassador of Germany to Kenya, Amb. Jutta Frasch three years ago with the objective to identify innovative approached to systemic issues in TVET policy, legislation and promote innovative partnerships between TVET institutions and private sector.
The Hands on the Future National TVET Conference and Kenya Skills show attracted stakeholders from both the public and private sector. It is will aid in promoting further debate and indentify engagement structures like Sector Skills Advisory Committees (SSAC). The Committees will offer guidance in matters to do with curriculum development, training, apprenticeship and internship programs of TVET programs.
Also in attendance was Amb. Jutta Frasch and Director General and CEO of TVETA, Dr.Kipkirui Langat.