Govt, 800 companies to launch Dual TVET framework in 60 institutions

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The Government in collaboration with 800 companies is set to anchor the Dual TVET framework programme in Kenya (Policy and Standards) in 60 TVET institutions.

The programme involves students utilizing 50% of their study time in class with another 50% being spent in practical work in industry. The effect of this arrangement is to see students acquire more experience while in college thus boosting their employability.

Speaking during a National TVET Conference at KICC Nairobi, the Director of Technical Education and a conference panelist Dr. Meshack Opwora emphasized the event’s goal: to enhance TVET-Industry linkages for effective implementation of competence-based education and training (CBET) and improve the employability of Kenyan youth.

“The programme will foresee enrolling 6,000 students in Dual TVET programs (with 40% being women and 1% young persons with disabilities), and building the capacity of at least 1,800 TVET personnel,” Dr. Opwora stated.

He highlighted that the purpose of the conference was to formulate a framework for enhancing industry-driven skills development and youth employability.

“The State Department of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), with support from the Federal Republic of Germany, initiated Dual Training in Kenya in 2019,” the Director stated.

He further explained that by the close of 2022, the programme achieved significant milestones, fostering strong ties with industry leaders and developing seven industry-specific curricula.

“Building on the success of the pilot phase, the Youth Employment and Vocational Training program is now scaling up to institutionalize Dual Training throughout Kenya,” Dr. Opwora stated.

He noted that this four-year initiative, jointly financed by the governments of Finland and Germany, is implemented in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the State Department of TVET.

Additionally, the Director mentioned that commencing in January 2023, the programme aims to integrate inclusive and labor market-relevant Dual Training across all regions of Kenya.

He underscored that offering 15 labor market-relevant occupations, including three in green sectors or value chains, the programme provides Dual Training in a digitized format.

By Stephen Muthini

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