Graduants and continuing students from the Maasai Technical Training Institute (M.T.T.I), have been encouraged to embrace technical skills, owing to the fact that the government has six priorities aligned with technical courses that will increase employment opportunities.
Speaking at M.T.T.I during the institution’s 4th graduation, the Acting Director of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET), John Tuwei, said TVET graduants have a brighter future ahead, because the government’s development priority relies on technical courses to achieve.
“Our government has six priority areas and one of them is Affordable Housing, some of you have been trained with skills that are within the value chain of building and construction, the President is launching a number of building and construction projects and so you are safe in that chain,” said Tuwei.
Tuwei added that, other prioritized areas include, food and agriculture, health and applied science, digital super highway, marine and blue economy, medium and small enterprises, which most of the grandaunts have acquired skills to secure employment.
The Kajiado County Director of Education, Dr. Martin Cheruiyot, urged the graduants to utilize their acquired skills to grow and also lure others to train for technical courses.
“I want to ask as you to go out, please encourage other people to enroll for technical courses. Use the knowledge you have acquired to grow, upgrade and market yourself, we will always support you and you are welcome to our institutions if you have anything to offer as long as you present your case,” explained Cheruiyot.
Kajiado County Executive (CECM), Education, Jeremiah Ole Ncharo, said, it is important for students to be innovative, terming that there are plenty of online jobs, particularly for technical education as the world is moving towards that direction.
“For those of you who have done science in information technology (IT), be innovative, there are plenty of online jobs that pays Ksh.1000 a day. It is important for you to look at that direction to ensure you utilize what we have in our midst,” said Ole Ncharo.
Eunice Kiki, one of the graduants said, the school has equipped her with enough skills and she is confident to a secure job soon and further her studies.
“My take home is, as graduants we should keep on pressing and learning, I am confident that with skills in plumbing, welding and pipe work, I cannot miss a job opportunity because I will use these skills to get part time jobs as I enrol for higher studies,” explained Kiki.
Justus Ogutu who graduated with a diploma in food and beverage encouraged parents to consider technical courses for their children as compared to degree courses.
“Technical courses is the way to go, in fact when you do a technical course you will not tarmac, you will start working without depending on other people’s enterprise,” explained Ogutu.
A total of 1,815 students graduated from M.T.T.I with courses such as fashion and design, building and construction, plumbing, food and beverage, science of information technology, hairdressing, and mechanical and electrical engineering.
By Seline Nyangere