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15 Dec
By: Ferdinand Musungu 0

SUCCESSFUL POSITIONING OF TVET IN THE COUNTRY’S SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The Technical Vocational Education and Training Subsector of the KEPSA Education Sector Board met on 7th December 2021 to review progress realized in the year and to deliberate on the pointers for next year agenda. The Chair of the Subsector who is also Vice-Chair Higher Education Ms Priscilla Kerebi thanked members for this resilience in working together to find solutions regarding the continuity of service delivery despite the COVID 19 pandemic. Since the focused approach on TVET matters, the subsector had managed to create a public policy discourse on the significance and role of TVET in the country. There have been increased investments in TVET and vocational institutions and the development of funding mechanisms for TVET students Loans through the Higher Education Loans Board System for artisan, certificate and diploma courses in approved TVET institutions recognized by TVETA and relevant regulatory bodies. 

During the course of the year 2021, the subsector had engaged with Kenya Commercial Bank Group Limited to explore the possibility of developing a facility for funding TVET students in private colleges so as to enhance the completion rate. In addition, the sector hosted the World Skills Day for the celebration of young people, skilling them with skills for employment and promoting private TVETs who provide training. 

Within the policy dialogue space, the members participated in drafting the recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy drafting meeting as well as engagement with Kenya Universities and Colleges Placement Services (KUCCPS) on the enhancement of transition rate through a portal creation. The sector also participated in the meetings to advance the industry-academia linkages. The Co-operative Vocational Training (CVT) sensitization workshop had also taken place ahead of the development of policy framework for CVT.  

For the year 2022, the subsector will focus on 5 pillars of policy advocacy for the improved regulatory environment to spur investment and skills development, coordination of private sector TVETs in promotion of the country’s economic recovery agenda including greening of TVETS and mainstreaming of green competencies and skill in TVET curriculum; provision of thorough leadership and capacity building of sector members in especially policy advocacy for successful public-private dialogue engagements.  

Members expressed enthusiasm for the progress made in the year despite the pandemic challenges and they looked forward to a more fruitful year 2022 in advancing TVET for the country’s green and sustainable recovery.  

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