Five million trainees need to enroll annually in Tertiary and Vocational training institutions to help drive the four key development agenda and Vision 2030.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVET) Deputy Director Johnson Owanambirifuma observes that market driven and relevant vocational and Technical training are key in achieving food security, Industrialization, universal health care and affordable housing.
Speaking during the 13th graduation ceremony at the Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology, Owanambirifuma called on the private sector to help in equipping technical institutions with modern equipment and market based knowledge in the effort of realizing sustainable development goals.
He lauded the government for improving terms and conditions of Technical trainers noting the need for Kenya to emulate countries such as China where 15 percent of the population is enrolled in vocational and technical institutions.
Owanambirifuma said the country’s National Polytechnics were targeting to enroll more than 10,000 students, while the 290 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutes were aiming to enroll 5,000 students each.
The over 800 Youth Polytechnics will be tasked with absorbing 2,000 students each.
He said his department was working out strategies of incorporating 16.2 million Small and Medium Enterprise players in training programs where they can be equipped with technical and vocational skills at a subsidized cost.