1. Railway Training Institute has a rich history as being one of the oldest training institutions in East African region dating back to the colonial era. The institute was set up to meet the increasing demand for skilled workforce required to manage the East African railways and harbours. On June 29, 1956, Fredrick Crowford,Deputy Governor of Kenya unveiled the plaque to inaugurate the institute as a center for developing human resources for the East African Railways.
2. Kenya Railways in partnership with China Roads and Bridge Construction (CRBC) are offering training to Kenyans in order to prepare for the SGR operations in 2017. CRBC offered partial scholarship for qualified Kenyans with either a diploma in Engineering or Business related Diploma to undertake the training at the institute in three areas as follows:-
• Basic Traffic and Transportation Management
• Basic Telecommunications Control Engineering
• Basic Locomotive and Rolling Stock Engineering.
3. The training programme commenced in the three SGR Courses from 5th April 2016 in the institute for a period of four months, with the sponsorship of the CRBC. The basic entry requirement for the courses was a Diploma in an Engineering course from recognized training institution for Locomotive and Telecommunication Engineering courses or a Diploma in Business field for the Transport and Traffic course.
4. Each of the training commenced as per the planning that had been done jointly by the institute and the CRBC after completion of refurbishment of five classrooms, and equipping the laboratories with training equipment by the railway builder.
5. The enrolment in the three courses stands 102, with nine (9 ) trainers from the South Western University of Jiatong from China are conducting the training.
6. In the training program, there are Seven (7) local trainers from the Institute, two (2) in each programme and a coordinator to understudy the Chinese trainers for the purpose of taking over when the Chinese trainers complete their tour of duty.
7. The institute has equipped the workshop with equipment’s and training materials donated by CRBC. The Institute in conjunction with CRBC has planned and organised for the students to undertake attachment and Internship with the operator. All the Practical training and attachment is conducted along the SGR sites along Nairobi – Mombasa line.
8. The student’s progression after the internship shall be determined by the operator after the internship. It is expected that the SGR railway operator shall offer employment to the students after the internship.
9. The students shall be awarded internal Certificate of Competency in their area of specialisation, and there will be a formal graduation ceremony in the institute after the training on 8th August 2016.
10. The institute in collaboration CRBC is preparing to commence training Phase II group training of four classes from September 2016. The nature of training shall be based on the demands of the operator and specific to the future jobs demand. The training shall commence in September in three areas.
•Deputy locomotive Drivers
• Signalling engineering
11. The duration for training shall be four months. The training shall be handled by the Chinese trainers, and assisted by the RTI local Trainers.
12. The Government has committed Kshs.2 billion towards infrastructure upgrade, and equipping Workshops with State of the Art training equipment in the next financial year. This will help to enhance the quality of training currently being undertaken.
13. The Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development is the implementing agency of the SGR project, Kenya Railways Corporation is the executing agency while China Road & Bridge Corporation is the railway Builder.