The Vihiga County Government has allocated Sh.120million towards improvement of Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutions (TVETs) this financial year.
Governor Wilber Ottichilo made the revelation when he addressed teachers, parents and students at Keveye Technical Training Institute in Vihiga Sub County during the official launch of vocational training textbooks on Friday.
Ottichilo said the fund would be used to equip all TVETs in the county.
The Sh.120million will be used to purchase and install learning equipment in all our TVET institutions, said Ottichilo.
He added that part of the allocation would be used to construct workshops in order to enable students have enough space for practical lessons.
The governor praised the local youth for embracing TVETs, saying the move would enable the county government produce adequate skilled manpower required for economic development.
Soon the county government will no longer hire human labour such as masons, motor vehicle engineers and fashion designers from outside, remarked Ottichilo.
He further disclosed that his government had allocated enough funds as bursaries for all students that enrolled in the local TVETs, adding, We are putting a lot of emphasis on TVET education as a government.
The county boss assured TVET students that his government was putting in place mechanisms that would ensure they were attached to officially recognized institutions and companies for internship programmes.
My government has already approached and struck internship agreements with several institutions and companies, disclosed Ottichilo.
He singled out Toyota Kenya and Isuzu Kenya as some of organizations that had been approached by the county government.
The textbooks cost the county government Sh.19millin and would be distributed to all 30 TVET institutions in the area.
He said his government supported current austerity measures proposed by President Uhuru Kenyatta even though the same would seriously affect county government budgets.
He however, urged the locals to pay taxes in order for his government to raise enough funds for development purposes.
The Principal Secretary State Department for Vocational and Technical Training, Dr. Kevit Desai graced the colourful event that was also attended by high ranking officials from the county government.
Dr. Desai revealed that the national government was in the process of hiring at least 1, 000 TVET trainers.
We had initially planned to hire 2, 000 trainers but the number has been scaled down due to current austerity measures put in place by President Uhuru, said Desai.
Source: Kenya News Agency