The government has called for partnership between Technical education and vocational training institutes and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) to achieve the big four agenda.
Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary (PS), Kevit Desai said the institutions play an active role in research and training, adding that this partnership was critical in driving the agricultural and manufacturing sectors.
Desai said the government has enhanced the capacity of the institutions to provide world class training and research to drive innovation.
Speaking at Kisumu National Polytechnic Friday, the PS said textile industry has been identified as one of the key drivers to help realize the industrialization goal of the big four agenda.
We are looking at the whole value chain of the sector to enhance production,competitiveness and revive the industry which has collapsed, said the PS.
He said technical institutions have rolled out training programmes and research to help rejuvenate the sector.
The PS urged farmers and traders to take advantage of the research done by the institution to boost production and develop new products.
The Kisumu National Polytechnic Principal, Mrs. Joyce Nyanjom said the institution has introduced short courses on textile to build skills for all players in the industry.
The initiative, she said, aims to impart skills to boost production and innovation in the sector.
The biggest problem our SME’s face is lack of skills and we hope to address that through these programmes, she said.
The PS held a round table meeting with textile industry entrepreneurs in the area to chart the way forward in reviving the sector.
Source: Kenya News Agency