Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) is committed to driving the skills agenda for Kenya by providing young graduates with opportunities for practical learning. This is happening through the Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET) Program.
Piloted in 2017 in response to the industry needs for skilled, quality technical expertise and currently, on scaleup, the KAM Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program acts as a link between manufacturing and value addition industries, technical training institutions, and government/policymakers.
The program enhances skills development, providing a pool of technically skilled personnel at entry and middle level to industry in a bid to reduce skills mismatch and the skills gaps within the local workforce.
The KAM TVET program supports the country in the achievement of the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 8: Decent work and Economic Growth
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10: Reduced Inequality
Goal 17: Partnerships
What we do:
- Conducting annual skills gaps analysis within the manufacturing sector.
- Executing soft skills and work readiness training for technical graduates joining the program.
- Matching manufacturing industries with skilled labor through job bazaars, job summits, KAM TVET mobile application, web portal, and direct requests.
- Facilitating the operationalization of Sector Skills Advisory Committees (SSACs) to support curricula review and industry-led occupational standards.
- Coordinating awareness creation forums among various sectors through sector-specific Industry Leaders/CEO and HR Managers forums.
- Placement of TVET technical diploma graduates that have graduated within the last three years into paid internships.
- Piloting and enabling scaleup of the Dual Vocational Training Approach to TVET through facilitating work-based learning opportunities within KAM membership.
- Supporting pilot and expansion of the Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) curricula for Instrumentation and Control, Welding and Mechanical Technology-Lathe Machine Operations across select institutions.
- Coordinating the capacity building of industry mentors on didactics and pedagogy by key players in the ecosystem.
- Linking industry resource persons to technical training institutions for industry persons upskilling programs.
- Providing evidence-based policy advocacy on skills-related issues.
- Facilitating knowledge transfer and capacity building of Technical training institute staff (boards, TTI trainers, TTI Industrial Liaison Officers) through study tours, factory visits, industry-TTI networking forums.
- Innovators challenge.
- Linking of manufacturing-related MSMEs to the KAM Manufacturing Hub.
- Identifying and strengthening partnerships to scale up a sectorial response to the KAM TVET program.
- Program best practices and success stories documentation.
Benefits to participating industries
- Increased workforce productivity
- Increased industry competitiveness
- Increased capability for the production of quality goods and services
- Employees skills upgrade on identified gaps
- Practically trained graduates can be industry brand ambassadors
- Targeted talent pipeline for industries recruitment and retention
- Increased customer satisfaction
- Recognition through certification for participating in job creation agenda
Interested in being part of the program?
For Industries interested in supporting the TVET program, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
For Technical Graduates, please write to email@example.com
For TVET Partnerships (Development Partners and other stakeholders) please write firstname.lastname@example.org