The Elgeyo Marakwet County will soon start exporting skilled labour from its vocational training centres to Finland after the signing of a partnership between the county and officials from the Finish government earlier in the year.
Governor Alex Tolgos therefore called on youths to enroll in the vocational institutes, saying going to such an
institution is not a last option as people think but one gains technical skills which are marketable worldwide.
Speaking when he opened the AIC Chesewew VTC in Marakwet East sub county, the governor said his government would ensure that it equips the centres with the necessary equipment and staff to ensure that their graduates meet international standards.
“We will also construct a new road to this institute which will link it to Chesoi to ensure there was easy access instead of taking the long route to Metipsoo,” said the county boss.
Other improvements expected according to the governor was connection to power which he said will be done soon.
The governor added that the county government will invite those taking the food and beverage course to provide catering services during county functions, saying this way they will not only gain experience but also raise revenue for their institution.
The institution offers Building and Construction, Masonry, garment making, food and beverages and hair dressing among others.
Tolgos encouraged all youths to take the courses offered irrespective of gender, noting that out of the 19 students
undertaking building and construction course at the Chesewew centre, only one is female.
“Let us not shy away from taking any course as long as we have the passion as there is no course which was tailored towards a particular gender,” the governor said.
By Alice Wanjiru