Bungoma County Government has disbursed modern training equipment worth Sh15 Million to all Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions across the county for use by staff and students
According to Bungoma County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Education Betty Mayeku, the new machines will help the institutions to offer quality training to the students by imparting them with the latest skills in the job market.
Mayeku made the remarks at Wekelekha Vocational training centre, after handing over equipment for training to the institute. She said that the equipment is a donation to the county from the Government of Holland to support technical education.
She said that the County boasts of over 25 vocational centres of excellence but that a good number have been operating without the requisite equipment adding that the donation will enable the centres churn out competent graduates who meet the demands of existing gaps in the labour market.
Mayeku said that the machines will help enhance the skills of trainees, increase efficiency and improve standards adding that at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, face masks sold to residents were all made at one of the vocational training centres.
She called on parents with children who failed to attain university entry grades but are keen to acquire technical skills to enroll them in Technical institutions so as to give them a chance at self-employment.
She assured parents that students who get admitted to technical training institutions have access to courses including mechanical engineering, applied sciences, electrical engineering, construction and building and fashion design and a myriad others whose relevance to the job market is huge.
By Wekesa Charlotte and Roseland Lumwamu