Skills Development for the Technical Human Resource for the Manufacturing Sector

Introduction

It has been observed that there are gaps in the human skills (trainees and trainers), curriculum, and technology and do not adequately address the ever changing skill and technology need for the manufacturing sector.

Furthermore, there is a mismatch between available technical skills and the market demand due to a weak linkage between training institutions and the industry at the three levels of training i.e. universities, tertiary colleges and youth polytechnics.
However, there are various government policy instruments and private sector initiatives that have been developed to address these challenges. Some of the government policy and legal instruments geared towards addressing training at the three levels mentioned above include:

  • Education Act Cap 211
  • SME Sessional Paper No.2 of 2005
  • TIVET Strategy 2008
  • TIVET Act
  • Industrial Training Act 237
  • Employment Act 2007
  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports’ Curriculum for Youth Polytechnics – being piloted in 100 Youth Polytechnics.

In order to achieve the country’s Vision of becoming an industrializing nation by 2030, a strong linkage between the training institutions and the industry must be created. It is against this background that upgrading of selected institutions at the three levels to be centres of excellence for manufacturing sector have identified as a flagship project with training of engineers, technologists and technicians being a priority.

The main activities the ministry plans to undertake in the next three years that require funding include the following:

  • Organizing stakeholders’ forum
  • Carrying out of the inventory of the identified institutions at the three levels
  • Reviewing the existing policies and developing new ones
  • Reviewing and developing curricula suitable for manufacturing sector
  • Equipping the selected institutions with modern and appropriate technology
  • Capacity building of trainers and trainees
  • Bench marking with best practices

It should be noted that training of Engineers and technicians will therefore involve the following milestones.

  • Facilitation of setting up of Centers of Excellence that provide competency based Training for Engineers and Technicians to meet Skills requirements of the Manufacturing Sector
  • Identification of Technology gaps within the Training Institutions with a view to addressing the same
  • Linking up Training Institutions with the Manufacturing Sector for technology updates
  • Improving the training curriculum of engineers and technicians by addressing the practical aspects of the training and inclusion of entrepreneurship subjects. Diversifying the training in terms of training places and including training exchange programmes with Universities outside Kenya
  • Providing incentives to industries to promote industrial research between Universities and Industries for placement of engineering students in research fields and design.
  • Improving linkage between the training institutions and the industries.
  • Improving the level of funding for research and development in engineering through funds mobilization.

Progress 

  • Strategy paper developed
  • A Cabinet memorandum on training of engineers, technologists and technicians has been finalized for Cabinet approval of the strategy paper.

Contacts

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