The government is working on an elaborate plan of subsidizing vocational training to enable students from low income families access technical education and benefit from training opportunities offered in Technical and Vocational Training Institutions TVETS).
Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary Dr. Kevit Desai said the government will also construct vocational institutions in every constituency for purposes of benefiting Kenyan youth right from the proximity of their homes, hence cutting down on travelling costs.
Dr. Desai made these remarks Friday, when he officially opened the Lari Technical Training Institute at Kwa regi ward in Kiambu County.
The PS termed the move as a multi stakeholder effort to approach the need for vocational training in every constituency.
“This is a government project aimed at increasing accessibility to education. We also seek to encourage women and youth to advance in academics so that we grow diversity of human capital,” he said.
During the ceremony, the PS disclosed that Lari Technical Institute is equipped with food, meat and milk processors, with quality equipment which can be used simultaneously by many learners.
He further explained that the aim of constructing t TTI’s was to offer a curriculum relevant to the area culturally and economically.
The institutions are expected to instill skills to the local community so as to raise the level of productivity to the residents, who are endowed with a conducive environment for agriculture.
He underscored the importance of creating a relationship between the institution and the community so as to help in achieving food sustainability in line with the president’s Big 4 agenda.
“This will promote effective value chain addition and smooth transition of students into gainful self-employment. Only such successes will demonstrate the need for collaboration between the two,” he summed up.
The college Principal Simon Njoroge expressed his willingness to help the community understand the latest technology and help operationalize their skills constructively.
“This will serve as an assessment centre for local farmers so as to rate their farming skills with the best practices taught at the institution,” he said.
By Warren Kagombe