Bungoma County government has embarked on upgrading facilities at its Vocational training centers (VTCs) with the aim of meeting required standards and attracting more youths.
County Executive Committee Member for Education (CECM) Dr. Betty Mayeku told the press that Wekelekha Vocational Training Center ((VTC) and Muteremko (VTC) in Kanduyi Sub- County have already been upgraded and plans are in the pipeline to upgrade the remaining ones.
She said that Bungoma County has ten Sub-Counties and the devolved unit intends to build more vocational training centers in each of them to impart technical skills to respective youths to empower them to be self-employed.
“Bungoma County has many youths who sat for their KCPE and KCSE examinations but failed to secure places in university or tertiary colleges. So, the aim of establishing VTCs across the county is to offer opportunities to our youth to develop skills that will enable them earn a decent living,” she noted.
Mayeku added that Sossio Vocational Training Center in Kimilili Sub-County received Sh15 million to facilitate its upgrading and procuring training equipment.
“All our Vocational centers have enough instructors to train our youths who flock in them to seek technical skills,” she affirmed adding the county government paid Sh10, 000 for every student who joins the VTC centers as grant.
The CEC disclosed that the county recently received equipment worth Sh8 million from Holland which was distributed to various VTC centers.
“I appreciate the government of Holland for supporting Bungoma with Equipment that will help us in upgrading our VTC centers to meet international standards and attract more youth,” she said.
By Godfrey Wanjala