A German recruiting consultant firm is set to interview Kenyans with technical and vocational skills for various German industries as part of a government-partnered labour migration programme.
Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Mr. Ezekiel Machogu, held consultations with Mr. Volker Falchi, Managing Director for BBW Group, a vocational education and training company, who paid a courtesy call at his Jogoo House office on Friday.
On the occasion were the Principal Secretary for Higher Education and Research, Dr. Beatrice Inyangala, her Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) counterpart, Dr. Esther Muoria, and senior officials in the Ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs, Diaspora Affairs, and Labour.
Machogu said Kenya has developed a pool of well-trained young people who have the technical competencies and skills to work anywhere in the world.
He said the government had established a strong technical, vocational, and training system with training experience, noting that the firm will get the people with the skills it is looking for.
Mr. Falch said his company wants to recruit 250,000 people around the world for various industries in Germany. He also said his company wants to recruit Kenyans to be part of the team to meet the human resource needs of his country.
Falch said that potential candidates for recruitment should have the right work ethic, demonstrate the ability to learn the German language, and also have the necessary technical competencies and skills that industries in Germany need.
He said a country cannot invest or attract investment without skilled workers, adding that a nation only succeeds in getting skilled workers when it links training and industry.
According to Mr. Falch, an education and training environment that encourages critical thinking enables students to acquire, use, and multiply the knowledge and competencies they acquire at school and at work.
The initial areas of interest are electrical and electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, welding and fabrication, and mechatronics.
By Joseph Ng’ang’a