Countrywide journey of TVET torch reaches Trans Nzoia

Governor George Natembeya holds the TVET torch@100 as it came to Trans Nzoia.

Technical Vocational Education and Training institutions (TVETs) across Trans Nzoia came together to commemorate 100 years since inception of technical training in Kenya.

The occasion was preceded by the lighting of the centenary torch, symbolizing the tremendous success that the nation has achieved through TVET.

The Trans Nzoia County Director of TVET Martha Wekesa stated that the region has seen an increase in admissions, with the current enrollment reaching 14,000, indicating a growing preference among learners for technical training.

“We’re observing an increase in admissions as students embrace vocational training. Our current goal is to raise admissions to 30,000 by expanding institutions and enhancing infrastructure,” Wekesa stated.

The principal of Kitale National Polytechnic John Akola, flanked by the principals of Endebess Technical Training Institute Daniel Kakusha and his Cherangany counterpart Nobert Wafula, highlighted the vocational training mandate of their institutions.

“Our institutions offer various academic programmes tailored to meet the unique demands of the job market. We are producing a highly skilled human resource equipped with the necessary technical skills,” Akola said.

Natembeya flags off the centenary torch as the TVET celebrations began.

The principal also said that Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is opening a new pathway for those who already possess skills.

Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya emphasized the importance of vocational training in fostering the growth of the small and medium enterprise economy, recognizing it as a critical component of economic development.

Governor Natembeya, who lit the torch to flag off the celebrations, expressed his administration’s dedication to enhancing vocational training colleges (VTCs).

“Vocational training is crucial in combating unemployment in the country by equipping learners with skills for self-employment. The achievements of this sub-sector are worthy of celebration,” the governor emphasized.

The torch, symbolizing the centenary celebrations, is traversing the country before stopping at Kabete National Polytechnic. It will pass through TVET institutions and industries along its journey.


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