Canadian delegation tours Coast ahead of Sh1.5b polytechnics funding programme

Canadian delegation tours Coast ahead of Sh1.5b polytechnics funding programme
  FROM LEFT: Senior technical advisor CICAN representative Morits Schmidt; senior programmes officer Catherine Paquin and TVET Kenya deputy director Emily Maina at Kenya Coast National Polytechnic. PHOTO: BONFACE MSANGI  

Canadian officials who are on a bench-marking tour of 10 vocational and technical training institutions set to benefit from a Sh1.5 billion Canadian government funding have visited the Coast.

The project will provide industrial training for more than 1,200 students in a programme that set be rolled out next month in the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges.

The programme, named Kenya Education for Employment Programmme (Kefep), will facilitate exchange of skills between the Kenyan and three Canadian TVET institutions and has been designed to deliver competency-based training. It is running in collaboration with the Ministry of Education through the Directorate of Technical Education, state department of Vocational and Technical Training.

Addressing the Canadian delegation at the Kenya Coast National Polytechnic, TVET Kenya deputy director Emily Maina said the partnership will scale down unemployment as well as enable institutions produce fully baked graduates.  “It will provide the youths with the necessary skills to find employment to create their own employment or to proceed to continuing education,” said Maina.

According to Colleges and Institutes of Canada (CICAN) senior programe officer Catherine Paquin who was accompanied by senior technical advisor Moritz Schmid, the training will focus on energy, hospitality and engineering sectors. “Students in electrical engineering faculties and hospitality will largely benefit,” Schmind added. 

Apart from the Kenya Coast National Polytechnic, other polytechnics expected to benefit include;, Kitale, Eldoret, Kisumu, Kisii and Nyeri, Sigalagala, Kabete, North Eastern and Meru. 

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