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Vihiga County prioritizes vocational training for youth

Vihiga Governor Dr Wilber Ottichilo says his administration has prioritized the enrolment of youth in technical and vocational training institutions to enable unemployed residents acquire skills in order to engage in gainful ventures.

Dr Ottichilo said that the acquisition of skills in various trades including carpentry and joinery, masonry, plumbing, electrical installation and motor vehicle mechanics among others, paves way for self-employment and reliance.

The Governor, who spoke while commissioning the construction of a workshop building at Busaina Vocational Training Centre, encouraged school leavers to enroll in these institutions.

“We have allocated Sh10 million for this project and we expect the contractor to complete the work in four months,” he said.

The County Head disclosed that the County Government pays Sh15, 000 per year for each person who joins the centres and hence they should not worry about fees.

He added that they have equipped 31 polytechnics and employed 135 instructors in a bid to boost technical training in the county.

The Centre Manager, Judith Chamazare, said her team is ready and dedicated to ensure the trainees get the requisite skills.

She appealed to the County CEO to set up more infrastructure at the institution to enable them introduce more courses for the benefit of the people.

By Sammy Mwibanda

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