The World Bank has advanced Kenya Sh6 billion to establish centres of excellence for trainees in Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions across the country.
In a six-year pilot project, the funds will be used to equip the centres with modern facilities that the trainees will use to help them get firsthand experience with the job market.
Already five centres have been set up across the counties with the first batch of trainees expected to start the practical training in January next year.
According to Technical and Vocational Training Principal secretary Kevit Desai, the centres will help increase the levels of innovation and entrepreneurship among the youths in the country. “For a start we have planned a wide range of activities before we release the trainees to the job market and this will be done in collaboration with the private sector who were part of the formulation of the reforms,” he said.
Speaking during the launch of the centres at Olkaria geothermal Spa in Naivasha, the PS said the five centres will be based in Thika, Kiambu, Naivasha, Kakamega and the Coast where the trainees will be posted on pilot basis.