Society / Education
Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 11:45 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Equity Bank Group has launched a youth empowerment programme that will see the entire group of nearly 3,000 Wings to Fly graduate scholars who sat for their 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Examinations transition into Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions countrywide. While some of the scholars will enrol for three-month certificate courses, others will be admitted to longer-term diploma courses with a scholarship covering their first six months and thereafter apply to the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) to finance the rest of their education.
Speaking during the launch, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Education Fred Matiangi said the ministry is committed to investing in the development of technical and vocational training to address the skills gap in the country’s work force. “The Vision 2030 has placed new demands on TVET training as a leading engine that the economy must essentially rely upon to produce adequate levels of middle level work force that will be needed to drive the economy towards the attainment of the vision. TVET institutions offer opportunity for many young people to gain tech skills both for self and formal employment.”
Kenya has over 60 public and private TVET institutions and another 70 are under construction, which offer a wide range of training programmes from certificate to diploma levels. They offer a variety of courses including building construction; carpentry and joinery, commercial-based fields; engineering, textile-based programmes, catering, hospitality, plus information and communication technology.
Equity Bank's CEO James Mwangi announced that the 2,818 Wings to Fly alumni have already undergone a three-day induction to sensitize them on TVET as well as career advice aimed at positioning their mindset on employability and informing them on appropriate choices of courses to be pursued.
The initiative has offered an opportunity to highlight public-private partnerships as well as demystify technical and vocational training as an avenue for building employability skills. It has also demonstrated the commitment to support quality education as enshrined in Kenya's economic blueprint, Vision 2030, as well as supporting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).