Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions play an important role in equipping young people to enter the world of work and improve their employability throughout their careers.
When you think of higher education, seldom are TVETs mentioned. TVETs should not be seen as a rival to mainstream learning institution but rather an alternative or even complimentary learning facilities. They provide skill oriented approach that should be the connerstone of economic growth. The Jua Kali sector employs thousands of artisans who sharpen their skills and learn new technology through enrollments in TVETs.
In Siaya County the Department of Education has prioritized infrastructural development to improve the state of our 18 Vocational Training Centres. The department in the next financial year 2020/2021 intends to employ 141skilled instructors thus improving the quality of courses offered. The conditional grant given by the National Government is a major boost to the institutions. The students received KShs. 20,139,144.00. As support grant each student was awarded KShs. 6,364.00. As it stands Siaya County is still lagging behind compared to other counties.
Youths need to learn tailoring, masonry, building and construction, plumbing, electrical installation and wiring amongst other skills. Anybody can get enticed to join TVETs as allocation is pegged on enrolment. Churches, schools and the public can help the department to market TVETs as institutions of higher learning.
We have 18 accredited TVETs in Siaya County namely Kisendo, Ndere, Lucy Onono, Ugenya, Boi, Naya, Midhine, Ngiya, Ndira, Liganwa, Mahaya, Rera, Malunga, Kobong, Eiden, Nyala, Sega and Sigul.The afformationed offers courses in hair dressing, beauty therapy, capentry, welding, motor mechanic, food and beverage. Learners also get at least KShs. 10,000 annual bursary fund. The examination bodies are KNEC, NITA & City and Guilds. After completion students are awarded certificates which can help in gainful employment.
The Department is soon starting a vigorous marketing approach to increase enrolment. Furthermore these programs are crucial in alleviating poverty which increases productivity in developing the nation. This is because TVETs allow young adults to enter a workforce where there are jobs which curb unemployment, thereby changing
the education landscape in our county and the nation at large, for sustainable enterprise development in Kenya.