Nyandarua County residents have called for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to be incorporated in the Affordable Housing Program board.
The residents were speaking during the Joint Committee public hearings on the Affordable Housing Bill 2023, where they said that the proposed legislation should outline the role of these institutions in the implementation of the programme.
They called for amendments to have the TVET sector represented, stressing that the institutions are crucial stakeholders in the implementation process.
During the two public hearing sessions held by the Committee at Ol Kalou and Engineer towns, the participants held that with the spiral effect expected within the building and construction industry, it is important that a representative from the institutions offers advisory services to the proposed board.
Kipipiri Technical Vocational College (TVC) Principal Alexander Mwangi and Nyandarua Polytechnic student leader John Nyarango averred that the programme should give TVET students opportunities to grow and develop skills as well as offer them jobs.
Chairperson of the Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning, Kuria, appealed to the youth to take advantage of the programme and enroll in the available TVET institutions to garner knowledge and develop marketable skills.
“The programme has opened up numerous job opportunities for the youth. You will however only get an opportunity to enhance your skills and get professional contracts if you have acquired artisan skills,” Kuria noted.
By Obegi Malack [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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