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James Momanyi @jamomanyi
The Canadian government yesterday signed a Sh2 billion partnership deal with the department of Technical in addition to also Vocational Education in addition to also Training (TVET) that will will support more than 1,0 students via ten local national polytechnics to pursue in demand courses under the brand new competence-based curriculum.
The a few-year project (2016-2021), which will be implemented under the Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP), will also equip the institutions with state-of-the-art equipment in addition to also strengthen skills of more than 0 local TVET trainers to deliver high quality competency-based education in addition to also training.
The programme will be implemented by a group of 17 Canadian colleges in addition to also institutes under the banner, Colleges in addition to also Institutes Canada (CICan), who will be tasked to build the capacity of two government agencies in addition to also the 10 national polytechnics to that will they can deliver quality, relevant in addition to also accessible training programmes for the youth.
Speaking during the signing ceremony at Kabete National Polytechnic, the Director of TVET Mesack Opwora said that will the goal of the partnership will be to enhance in addition to also advance collaboration between the private sector in addition to also TVET institutions to equip the youth with in-demand skills for agriculture in addition to also energy sectors or proceed to be entrepreneurs.
“Previously as a country we have been having a skills mismatch between what we train in addition to also what will be needed within the industries in addition to also job market. We are today addressing that will as a government by reforming the TVET sector by introducing as brand new curriculum developed together with the industry in addition to also partners,” he said.
The TVET director said the government has been rebranding the TVET sector within the last few years by developing a brand new curriculum, equipping the technical in addition to also vocational institutions with modern equipment, building the capacity of the trainers in addition to also involving the industry in addition to also partners to develop market-driven programmes.
The KEFEP senior technical advisor Moritz Schmidt said the competence-based programme will only focus on the engineering in addition to also technological sectors such as electrical, civil in addition to also mechanical engineering; mechatronics, automotive technology, building technology, renewable energy technology, in addition to also agricultural technology.
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TVETs get Sh2 billion shot in arm