World Bank funds centres of excellence

World Bank will spend Sh. 6 billion towards establishment of centres of excellence in Technical, Vocational and Training institutions across the country.

The six year pilot project will see part of the funds being used to equip the centers with modern facilities to equip the Kenyan trainees with life skills for the market.

Principal Secretary for Technical and Vocational training Kevit Desai said five centres have been set up across the counties with the first batch of trainees expected to start the practical training in January 2018.

Desai said the trainees are expected to promote creation of job opportunities while increasing the levels of innovation and entrepreneurship among the youth in the country.

He added that the centres had been established as part of the ongoing reforms in TVET institutions in addition to ensuring that the capacity of the Kenyan youth is built to help them cope with the emerging global technological changes.

These reforms are a collaboration of public and private partnership to ensure success of the project, he said.

The PS added that the five centres will be based in Thika, Kiambu, Naivasha, Kakamega and the Coast where the trainees will be posted on pilot basis.

The PS explained that various plants will be set up where in Naivasha KenGen Power Company is expected to handle all matters on renewable energy including geothermal.

An automotive plant will be setup in Thika, food and beverages plant in Kiambu, a construction plant at KIHBT and a maritime centre in Coast for the blue economy, he said.

Speaking during the launch of the centres at Olkaria geothermal Spa in Naivasha, Desai said part of the reforms made, approved and gazzeted include the transfer of all the 6,500 trainers in TVETs across all ministries to his state department.

He said at the department they will be monitored and given the necessary training with the Kenya Qualifications National Framework being gazetted to provide the trainees with the practical part of examinations before being sent out to the field.

Desai also said the new programme was meant to ensure those who want to start micro and small enterprises can benefit with training and that those who wish to pursue further education will be assisted.

The manager in charge of training at Olkaria Peketsa Mangi said their focus will be renewable energy in TVET’s across Nakuru County including geothermal, Hydro, Solar and Wind energy to ensure the right skills are imparted for the changing job market.

Source: Kenya News Agency