Governor Jackson Mandago EGH has praised a freshly launched Competence Based Education and Training, saying it offers an opportunity for certification in technical education.
Speaking during the launch of GIZ-sponsored and Toyota agreement with Rift Valley Technical Training Institution, Governor Mandago said technicians will be certified as being qualified in their areas of skill.
“This program gives an opportunity for technicians who do welding and mechanics, to acquire skills and be certified, this will separate the competent from the others,” said Mandago.
The event also saw RVTTI reach an agreement with Toyota. The Japanese automobile maker will be offering technical training while GIZ sponsors the program.
The German Cooperation through GIZ is paying Ksh 30,000 for every student who enrols into the program which requires 42,000 tuition fee for a period of 6 months.
GIZ representative Asfaw said: “GIZ has been partnering with Ministry (of Education) since 2015. We have been preparing the launch of this program in the rest of other in institutions because a lot of work is done before; curriculum development, training of teachers and mobilization of the industry for success.”
Ambassador Dennis Awori, the chairman of Toyota Kenya said Uasin Gishu County is a great place to launch the program, citing good political will and the urge for development partnerships.
“…following this agreement, we are stepping up and scale our training and take it throughout the country, offering hands-on specialized training to help industrialize with the Big 4 Agenda,” said Amb. Awori.
RVTTI Principal Dr Edwin Tarno said: “The Jua Kali industry have an opportunity to formalize their knowledge and skills and get certificated, get a standard so they can work in every sector in East Africa and beyond.”
RVTTI is the pioneer institution to start off with the CBET program, with another county VTCs set to benefit from the spill in coming months.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu has a purpose to grow and deliver technical personnel, having sponsored up to 1800 students to class at RVTTI.
Also, a class of 100 youth are graduating after being sponsored by the County to train as technical teachers.
The Governor says another 100 will be sponsored as soon as the first batch graduate in May this year.
CECs Joseph Kurgat (Education) and Trade’s Dr Emily Kogos, as well as several COs, were present at the event held outside Zion Mall.
The event had been preceded by a courtesy call at the Governor’s office.