Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) is committed towards driving the skills agenda for Kenya through providing young graduates with opportunities for practical learning. This is happening through the Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET) Program.

The TVET program is aimed at improving access to jobs and economic opportunities for youth in Kenya. This is in line with strategic pillar number 2 of the KAM business development plan (2017-2019) which is “Supporting skills-based job creation agenda and increase manufacturing sector jobs”. The manufacturing priority for 2017 also has securing the future of industry as a key focus.

The program is addressing the future of the industry by ensuring that there are skilled human resources in the industries and also address the current high unemployment rates in Kenya often occasioned by lack of experience.

Program Goal

Improving Access to Technical & Vocational jobs & Economic Opportunities for Youths in Kenya Kenya Association of Manufacturers is implementing a TVET whose major goal is to improve access to technical and vocational jobs and economic opportunities for youth in Kenya. The project runs for an initial period of 2 years until December, 2018. The project entails working with manufacturing industries, TVET Institutions, government and government agencies in charge of technical and vocational training and other implementing partners to:

  • Place over 500 graduates on internships in Industries and consequently jobs
  • Provide refresher training to industry employees based on identified skills gap.

Targeted Skills for Internship

  • Heavy and Light Machinery Operating
  • Welding
  • Electrical (Installation)
  • Electronics (Instrumentation)
  • Mechanical technology & maintenance
  • Construction (Masonry & Concrete Works)
  • Carpentry
  • Pipefitting & Plumbing
  • Industrial Painting & Brushing

The model is 3 months internship period per graduate with a mentor attached. KAM facilitates travel logistics, mentorship trainings for supervisors and soft skills training. The industry provides practical skills training opportunities and assign relevant supervisors to mentor the interns. Industries are always free to have as many graduates based on their capacity. The program seeks to improve skills training towards high quality competency-based education and training that is relevant to the needs of the industry.

Program Activities

The main activities include:

  • Mentorship Workshops
  • Job Bazaars – these are events where graduates are linked directly with industries
  • Work readiness workshops
  • Industry Leaders Forums
  • HR Practitioners networking forums
  • Industry employees’ skills upgrade
  • TVET Consultative forums

Benefits to the Participating Industries

  • Recognition through certification for participating in job creation agenda
  • Practically trained graduates can be industry brand ambassadors
  • Employees skills upgrade on identified gaps
  • Increased workforce productivity
  • Increased industry competitiveness
  • Targeted talent pipeline for industries recruitment and retention
  • Increased capability for production of quality goods and services
  • Customer satisfaction
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