Kenya Association of Manufacturers today launched its Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme in Mombasa as part of the organization’s goal to bridge the skills gap in the country.
Since the launch of the national programme in Nairobi early in the year, KAM has worked with TVET institutions and Industry to place 100 technical skills graduates in various companies in Nairobi and trained an additional 140 graduates on work readiness in preparation for industrial placement.
KAM Coast Chapter Chair, Mr. Jinal Shah noted that investing in TVETs is the only sure way to secure the future of this country, guaranteeing long term productivity, economic sustainability and inclusive growth.
“The future of our economy lies on our ability to be competitive, innovative, skillful and productive; and these are only achievable if we nurture young people’s creative talent. Higher education has to be molded around changing trends and diversifying needs of a highly tech society.
I’m glad to note that over 15 industries in the coast region have committed to take up interns and upgrade employees’ technical skills. We will also place over 60 graduates in industries in the coast region by June 2017.” added Mr. Shah.
Speaking at the forum, KAM TVET Officer, Mr. Paul Mburu lauded the commitment by industry in providing the technical skills needed by graduates.
“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. This programme will allow institutions to offer skills relevant to the labour market,” added Mr. Mburu.