Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates will benefit from the 500,000- 1000,000 housing projects that the National Government will be rolling out beginning this year, TVET Principal Secretary Kevit Desai has said.
Speaking before inspecting facilities at the Busia Vocational Training Centre on Friday, the PS said the move to enlist the services of students who pursue TVET courses in the housing scheme was reached after a meeting between his Ministry and the National Housing Corporation.
“A part from generating skills for national development, TVET is also key in the realization of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big 4 agenda to provide world class skills for irrigation, construction, maintenance of health facilities, entrepreneurial skills for trade and investment and manufacturing,” he said
He said the Ministry will introduce Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) in Technical Vocation Education to tackle growing rising unemployment in the country, emphasizing those technical skills, national values and heritage will be inculcated.
“Kenya has the power to reorient itself towards sustainable development using Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a vehicle for socio-economic and technological development,” he said.
Desai thanked Busia County Government for the prudent use of the Ksh63 million conditional grants to Vocational Training Centres; although the enrollment increased by 100 per cent that is still not enough.
The PS urged Busia County to woe students from neighbouring Uganda for TVET courses saying Kenya is an educational hub in the region, adding that they are committed to economic development of Busia and Kenya as a whole.
Busia CECM for Education and Vocational Training John Mwami assured the PS that any future grants to the County will be used prudently as per the guidelines from the Ministry.
Chief Officer for Vocational Training Daniel Mogoria said Busia VTC has a total enrolment of 4154 students including 2342 male trainees and 1812 female. He urged the PS to complete the ICT laboratory the ministry financed to enable students benefit from Information Technology.