By Muoki Charles
Embu County Government has set aside Sh. 30million to pay fees for students in county polytechnics in a bid to encourage more youths in the area to acquire technical skills.
County Education Executive, Jamleck Muturi said Sh.8, 000 would be given as bursary and Sh. 5, 000 as capitation to every student who enrolls for a course in the public polytechnics.
He said this would to enable the youth to acquire technical skills and produce more skilled manpower that is lacking in the County.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony of 40 students from Wanjau Technical and Vocational Training Institute on Saturday , Muturi said the move would help address the acute shortage of trained artisans and technical personnel in the county.
Muturi said the cost of technical manpower in the area had increased considerably due to its shortage as many students focus on joining middle level colleges, where they pursue arts and other non-technical subjects.
He advised the youth to take advantage of the offer to ensure they were competitive in the job market.
“We have improved the infrastructure of four vocational training centers, in a bid to boost their capacity and make them attractive to youth seeking artisan courses. We have also rebranded all the 25 institutions which were commonly referred to as village polytechnics, to vocational training centers to woo youths,” he said.
He said several opportunities were being offered to those who have technical skills citing the ongoing construction projects like the Lapsset and SGR that required technical training.
The Institute’s Director, Agnes Wawira called on the Government to develop a comprehensive curriculum for those seeking artisan courses like hair and beauty, modeling and design so that they can further their education to degree level.
She said the demand for such courses has increased over the years, and they were well paying hence the need for training of personnel to address demand.